David Lyon speaking on Pandemic Surveillance

David Lyon giving a talk in the Bradford Alumni Speakers Series on
"Pandemic surveillance: from hasty responses to data justice"
Tuesday 16 March, 18:00-19:00 GMT, Online

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Many of the massive, global surveillance responses to the Covid-19 pandemic have been developed without sufficient thought, or sufficient reflection on previous events—like 9/11—that also prompted globalised form of surveillance, often resulting in overreach. In this talk, David Lyon will analyse (a) the obvious need for surveillance, during a pandemic, (b) the shortcomings of many systems, from contact-tracing applications to the establishment or consolidation of large new public health databases and (c) the need to raise the debate beyond “privacy and data protection” to consider data justice as an appropriate policy goal with practical-technical consequences.

David Lyon is Director of the Surveillance Studies Centre and is a Professor of Sociology and of Law at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. Educated at the University of Bradford, Lyon has been studying surveillance since the mid-1980s. A pioneer in the field of Surveillance Studies, he has produced a steady stream of books – translated into 18 languages – and articles starting with The Electronic Eye (1994). The latest is The Culture of Surveillance (2018) and he is completing Surveillance: A Very Short Introduction. He has led several large collaborative research projects on surveillance, with research funding totaling almost $8 million. His work has been recognized in Canada, Switzerland, the USA and the UK with a number of fellowships, prizes, awards, and an honorary doctorate. David graduated from Bradford with a BSc in Social Sciences in 1971 and then completed a PhD in Historical Sociology in 1976. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC) and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS).