University of Victoria

Congratulations to Midori Ogasawara!

Dr. Ogasawara has been appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria , starting January 2021. Please also see her recent publications: Ogasawara, Midori. 2019. “The Daily Us (vs. Them) from Online to Offline: Japan’s Media Manipulation and Cultural Transcoding of Collective Memories”, The Journal of Contemporary Eastern...

Didier Zuniga

Research Assistant, PhD Candidate, University of Victoria, Canada

Eugenio Pazzini

Research Assistant, MA Candidate, University of Victoria, Canada

Tim Charlebois

Research Assistant, MA Candidate, University of Victoria, Canada

Jesse Gordon

MA Candidate, University of Victoria, Canada

Jesse Gordon held a BDS student internship as a Jr. Policy Analyst with BDS Partner the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia (OIPC BC) from May to August 2018. Gordon assisted the office in collecting evidence in investigating the case of Cambridge Analytica, Aggregate IQ, and Facebook. To read about his experience there, see page 10 of the SSC Annual Newsletter, Issue 7 (June 2019).

Jessica Percy Campbell

Jessica Percy Campbell
Jessica Percy Campbell

PhD Candidate, University of Victoria, Canada

Jessica Percy Campbell is a PhD candidate in the Political Science department at the University of Victoria. Her work is supervised by Dr. Colin Bennett and is funded by the Big Data Surveillance Project. Jessica completed her BA and MA in Sociology at Concordia University.
Her dissertation “Aging in Place with Google and Amazon” focusses on older IoT users and behavioral data collection for commercial purposes. Older adults are encouraged by marketers to use voice-activated digital assistants to help them live in their homes for longer. The collective claim is that tools like Alexa and Google Assistant can be used as digital companions, mobility aids, appointment reminders, and more. This research asks: how do older adults actually use smart speakers in Canada, and what are the privacy and surveillance implications of their use? Further, how is meaningful consent to collect personal data obtained when someone other than the primary user (such as a younger relative) configures these devices and "accepts" the terms and conditions?
In 2020, Jessica also received the AGE-WELL Michael F. Harcourt Policy Fellowship to help further support her work on technology and aging.  
Twitter: @jessunit


Smith Oduro-Marfo

Smith Oduro-Marfo
Smith Oduro-Marfo

PhD Candidate, Political Science Department, University of Victoria, Canada

Smith Oduro-Marfo is at the tail end of his dissertation project of the connections between citizen identification systems, surveillance and development in Ghana. The project is drawing on interviews, archival data and documents to understand how development is used as justification for projects in the Global South, such as national biometric IDs, SIM registration and digital addressing, and the implications for surveillance as theory and practice. Smith was recently awarded the IAPP's Alan Westin Privacy Scholar award. Together with Jessica Percy-Campbell and Lynn Ng Yu Ling, Smith was also awarded a fellowship grant for their research paper on the collection of race-identified data of COVID 19 patients in Canada.  He is currently part of the CPSA's jury for the association's Teaching Excellence Award.

PhD Fellowships Available - University of Victoria

Two Postgraduate Scholarships at the PhD level (beginning September 2017) are available in the Department of Political Science to work on a project, funded through a SSHRC Partnership Grant, on “ Big Data Surveillance ” under the supervision of Dr. Colin Bennett. The project is a broad interdisciplinary and comparative analysis of the development and impact of big...

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.