New Transparency

Items in this category are themed using the "New Transparency" theme.

SCAN Workshop

Camera Surveillance in Canada: A Research Workshop January 14-16*, 2010, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Sponsored by the 2009-2010 Contributions Program of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC), Ottawa

Held in conjunction with the exhibition Sorting Daemons: Art, Surveillance Regimes and Social Control at the...

Deep-Packet Inspection in Canada

Colin Bennett and Christopher Parsons have received a grant for $28,211 from the Federal Office of the Privacy Commissioner under the Contributions Program to develop a repository of information about Deep-Packet Inspection in Canada.

Read the official OPC announcement here: ://

Mat Johnson wins essay prize

Mat Johnson is the 2008-09 winner of a new Essay Contest established by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

The paper entitled "Protecting Privacy in Public: The Need for Public Surveillance Regulation in Canada", was written under the supervision of Professor Art Cockfield, who encouraged Mat to enter this new essay contest. Mat will receive $2,500 for...

SCAN Awarded OPC Funding

The Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner (OPC) has awarded SCAN (Surveillance Cameras Awareness Network, an affiliated pan-Canadian group of The Surveillance Project) $50,000 to complete research and produce a report on Video Surveillance in Canada and to mount an international research workshop on the same theme.

Read the official OPC announcement here:

Privacy and Surveillance at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games

New report available by Philip J. Boyle and Kevin D. Haggerty on Privacy Games: The Vancouver Olympics, Privacy and Surveillance . Prepared for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada Under the Contributions Program, March 2009.

New Book: Lessons from the identity trail

Congratulations to Ian Kerr, Valerie Steeves and Carole Lucock on their edited collection Lessons from the Identity Trail: Anonymity, Privacy and Identity in a Networked Society .

This book examines key questions about anonymity, privacy, and identity in an environment that increasingly automates the collection of personal information and relies upon surveillance to promote private and public sector...

New Report on Facial Recognition Technology

Facial Recognition Technology: A Survey of Policy and Implementation Issues , by Lucas D. Introna and Helen Nissenbaum, now available.

The report highlights the potential and limitations of Facial Recognition Technology (FRT), noting those tasks for which it seems ready for deployment, those areas where performance obstacles may be overcome by future technological developments or sound operating...

News Series on The Surveillance Society

Don Butler has written a week-long series on the surveillance society in the Ottawa Citizen , involving several members of The New Transparency Project .

See the following stories:

Surveillance Series, Ottawa Citizen 2009 by Don Butler

Part I: A very different world Since 9/11 the use of close-circuit TV cameras has exploded

Part II: Devil in the details When it comes to social sorting, you are what you eat, buy, surf, post

Part III: Social networking or social spying?

Part IV: Keeping tabs goes high-tech More and more, we're spying on each other — and it's getting easier

Part V: You've been targeted

Call for paper proposals - Surveillance Games

Call for paper proposals for a workshop on "The Surveillance Games" Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC. November 20-22, 2009

Congratulations to Jason Pridmore

Congratulations to Jason Pridmore on his new position as senior researcher at the DigIdeas project under the direction of NewT collaborator Irma van der Ploeg at Zuyd University in The Netherlands.