Big Data Surveillance

sava saheli singh

Dr. sava saheli singh
Dr. sava saheli singh

eQuality-Scotiabank Postdoctoral Fellow, AI and Surveillance, University of Ottawa AI + Society Initiative, Canada

sava saheli singh is the eQuality-Scotiabank Postdoctoral Fellow in AI and Surveillance at the University of Ottawa AI + Society Initiative. With The eQuality Project, sava saheli singh is working on a research project that examines how teachers use learning technologies in their practice and how this has been impacted by COVID-19. As a fellow with the AI + Society Initiative, sava saheli singh will produce a short, near future, fiction film focused on the issues around the use of AI and algorithmic decision making in the context of educational technology. This film will be the fourth in the award-winning Screening Surveillance series, a public education and knowledge translation project that calls attention to the potential human consequences of big data surveillance. sava saheli singh co-produced the first three films as a postdoctoral fellow with the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University in Kingston.

sava held a postdoctoral fellowship with the Big Data Surveillance partnership project, working with Valerie Steeves, Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa (2019-2021) and was fellow with the Surveillance Studies Centre (January 2018 to June 2019), working on an OPC-funded knowledge translation project for the Big Data Surveillance project, successfully launching three films in the screening surveillance film series: Blaxites, A Model Employee and Frames. She completed her PhD in 2017 from New York University's Educational Communication and Technology program. her dissertation, titled "Academic Twitter: Pushing the Boundaries of Traditional Scholarship", addresses how 21st century academics negotiate their professional identities as a complex form of emotional, intellectual, and academic labor and the ways in which this helps and hinders their academic and personal lives. As an interdisciplinary scholar, her current research interests include educational surveillance; digital labour and surveillance capitalism; restorative justice and abolition; speculative fiction; and critically examining the effects of technology and techno-utopianism on society.

Twitter: @savasavasava

Beyond Big Data Surveillance - Report Released

Report "Beyond Big Data Surveillance: Freedom and Fairness" sheds light on big data surveillance in Canada

To read the report in English, go here

To read the report in French, go here

Report released by the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s finds that thoughtful, decisive action is needed to confront the...

David Lyon retires from Queen's; remains P.I. of Big Data Surveillance

The Surveillance Studies Centre wishes to announce that David Lyon retired from Queen’s University on June 30 2021. Lyon was appointed at Queen’s University in 1991 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, and later promoted to Full Professor in 1994. He is cross-appointed to the Faculty of Law, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada,...

BDS Book Published!

Big Data Surveillance and Security Intelligence: The Canadian Case Edited by David Lyon and David Murakami Wood UBC Press December 2020

For more information about the book, see here .

Read the Surveillance Studies Centre Annual Newsletter

See the latest Surveillance Studies Centre (SSC) Annual Newsletter here .

An update on the collaborative work of the Centre and the Big Data Surveillance Partnership over the past year (2019 - 2020).

Data-Driven Elections: Papers Published

Papers delivered at the Big Data Surveillance (BDS) 2019 workshop on Data-Driven Elections , hosted by Colin Bennett and David Lyon in Victoria by project partner the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC (OIPCBC) , have been published in a special issue of Internet Policy Review , an international journal for...

Call for Papers: Security Intelligence and Surveillance in the Big Data Age

October 19-21, 2017

A Research Workshop of the Big Data Surveillance partnership project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Location: University of Ottawa


Security intelligence is in a state of flux.

New technological developments are challenging older ways of working, most notably the ubiquity of surveillance...

Roger von Laufenberg

Dr. Roger von Laufenberg
Dr. Roger von Laufenberg

University of St. Andrews, School of Management, UK (PhD Completed December 2020)

2020- Roger von Laufenberg was a PhD research student at the University of St Andrews, School of Management and is funded by the Big Data Surveillance project. He researched the use of Big Data analytics and changes to marketing practices, focussing on how marketing organisations are making sense of Big Data and to what extend ethical, privacy and societal impacts of Big Data are taken into consideration by the organisations. He completed his Masters studies in Sociology at the University of Vienna in Austria, with a research emphasis on Science and Technology Studies, Surveillance and Urban Sociology. He previously worked as a research associate at the Institute for the Sociology of Law and Criminology (IRKS) and as a researcher at the Vienna Centre of Societal Security (VICESSE) where he participated in European and national research projects on Surveillance, Security and Technology as well as Extremism/Radicalisation (for example Increasing Resilience in Surveillance Societies (IRISS) or Evaluation and Certification Schemes for Security Products (CRISP). 

Dr. von Laufenberg was awarded his PhD in December 2020. The title of his dissertation was ‘Postulating Consumers: How Marketers Conceptualise Consumers in the Era of Big Data Analytics’. He was supervised by Kirstie Ball and was examined by Jason Pridmore, Erasmus University and Vicky Ward, University of St Andrews. Roger is now working for the Vienna Centre for Societal Security (VICESSE) as a post-doctoral researcher.

Twitter: @Roger_vonL


Colin J. Bennett

Professor Colin J. Bennett
Professor Colin J. Bennett

Professor, Political Science, University of Victoria, Canada

Colin Bennett received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Wales, and his Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since 1986 he has taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria, where he is now Professor. He has enjoyed Visiting Professorships at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Center for the Study of Law and Society at University of California, Berkeley, the School of Law, University of New South Wales and at the the Law, Science, Technology and Society Centre at the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels. His research has focused on the comparative analysis of surveillance technologies and privacy protection policies at the domestic and international levels. In addition to numerous scholarly and newspaper articles, he has published six books, including The Governance of Privacy (MIT Press, 2006) and The Privacy Advocates: Resisting the Spread of Surveillance (MIT Press, 2008), and policy reports on privacy protection for Canadian and international agencies. He is co-investigator of a large Major Collaborative Research Initiative grant entitled “The New Transparency: Surveillance and Social Sorting” which has culminated in the report: Transparent Lives: Surveillance in Canada. He is also currently researching the capture and use of personal data by political parties in Western democracies.

As a co-investigator of the Big Data Surveillance project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Colin Bennett is co-leading (with Kirstie Ball) research Stream Two: Marketing. This stream will examine how massive data accumulation, analytical techniques and applications associated with big data are reconstructing practices of consumer marketing and political campaigning.