Virtual Conference: "A Neurotech Future: Ethical, Legal and Policy Perspectives"

The Surveillance Studies Centre is proud to announce our upcoming multi-disciplinary conference ‘A Neurotech Future: Ethical, Legal and Policy Perspectives’, co-organized with the Center for Neuroscience Studies and Faculty of Law at Queen’s University.

This virtual, inter-disciplinary conference will take place on April 22nd and 23rd, 2021, and will bring together academics from fields such as neuroscience, surveillance...

Call for Applications: Surveillance Studies Summer Seminar 2019

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Do you have PhD students?

The next Surveillance Studies Summer Seminar takes place 17 - 22 June 2019 at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada. This is an opportunity...

Rafael Evangelista

Visiting Professor, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil (January - December 2018)

Rafael Evangelista is a professor in the Graduate program in Popularization of Science and Culture at State University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil. He is a journalist and social scientist with a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology. He is a co-founder of the Latin American Network of Surveillance, Technology and Society Studies (Lavits). He is the author of the recently released ebook Beyond Machines of Loving Grace: Hacker Culture, Cybernetics and Democracy.

Tommy Cooke

Dr. Tommy Cooke
Dr. Tommy Cooke

Post-doctoral Fellow, Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen's University, Canada

As SSHRC Post-doctoral Fellow, Tommy is leading a long-term multidisciplinary collaboration that brings computer scientists and social scientists together to empirically record and critically analyze the lifecycle of location metadata on smartphones.

Supervised by Dr. David Lyon, “A Day in the Life of Metadata” (ADITLOM) involves multiple sub-projects:

The first reverse-engineers of the creation, transformation, and commodification of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) raw measurements.

The second involves the creation of new interactive data visualization software that allows instructors, students, civil society, and privacy advocates to virtually navigate the operating system of an Android smartphone to see how location metadata moves and changes with each algorithm that they interact with.

The third sub-project, called “Big Data Exposed: What Smartphone Metadata Reveals About Users” (BDE) is an experiment that traces how third-party Mobile Location Analytics companies collect smartphone location data to build and subsequently sell traveler and consumer profiles of the residents of Kingston to corporations and governments during the pandemic. Supported by funding awarded by Queen’s University’s Wicked Ideas competition, BDE runs in partnership with the City of Kingston to promote data ethics, privacy, and justice awareness about how their smartphone data is being targeted by companies across the globe for public health, entertainment, and profit purposes. 

With Dr. David Lyon, Tommy co-instructed SOCY 429 Pandemic Surveillance for the Department of Sociology, and is also a Course Designer for the Faculty of Engineer’s Ingenuity Labs. Tommy is also host of the What’s That Noise?! Podcast, which can be heard on Spotify and Apple Music.

Contact: tommy.cooke [at] queensu [dot] ca

Twitter: @whatsthatdata

Alix Johnson

Professor Alix Johnson
Professor Alix Johnson

Post-doctoral Fellow, Queen's University, Canada (2017-2018)

Alix Johnson is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University, affiliated with the Surveillance Studies Centre. She earned her PhD in 2018 at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where her research traced the emerging data center industry in Iceland as a lens on questions of sovereignty, national identity, and imperial power. Her next project investigates technologies of surveillance and nation in the increasingly securitized Arctic North.




Welcome sava saheli singh

SSC and BDS extend a warm welcome to new Postdoctoral Fellow sava saheli singh . sava begins her postdoc at Queen's in January 2018. She will be developing innovative multi-media teaching and learning materials related to Big Data Surveillance, led by David Lyon and David Murakami Wood.

Intersectional Approaches to Surveillance Research Workshop

Workshop dates: 11-13 June 2015, Queen’s University (Donald Gordon Centre), Kingston, ON, Canada

Abstract Submission Deadline: March 1st, 2015

This workshop strives to bring intersectionality to the forefront of surveillance studies. As surveillance studies becomes increasingly multidisciplinary and post-structural, a thought-provoking frontier for surveillance scholars is to critically focus on the ways in which identity-based discrimination can impact surveillance processes and lived...

Citizenfour Film Screening

Special screening: Monday January 26 @ 7pm

You are invited to a special screening in Kingston of the new documentary about Edward Snowden, Citizenfour , followed by a guest talk by David Lyon.

The Screening Room, 120 Princess Street (2nd floor)

Monday, January 26, 7pm

Film admission prices are $8 - $9. Cash only.


SSC Annual Newsletter - Issue 3 online

Please see the latest Surveillance Studies Centre annual newsletter (August 2014), with stories and photos by team members about research and events at the centre from the past year at:

2013 Brockington Visitorship Public Lecture: Helen Nissenbaum

2013 Brockington Visitorship Public Lecture

Helen NissenbaumHelen Nissenbaum

Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, and Computer Science
New York University

What Privacy Protects Online: The Trouble with MOOCs

18 March 2013

5:00 pm

Agnes Etherington Art Centre Atrium

Euphoria over massive open online courses (MOOCs) is rampant. Darlings of the news media, even the most prestigious universities in the United States and...