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The Surveillance Studies Centre (SSC) at Queen’s University is committed to high quality research on the growth of surveillance globally, exploring many aspects of contemporary monitoring, tracking, management and control. The SSC is also part of a broad network of surveillance research that is both multi-disciplinary and international.
Issue 9, August 2016
SSC News

We are excited to announce that we are we are reviving the Surveillance Studies Reading Group from September this year. In the Fall Term, we will read and discuss Michel Foucault's recently published 1972-3 lecture course, The Punitive Society, which is both a precursor to Discipline and Punish, but also covers a lot of very different and more wide-ranging ground. Specific meeting details to come.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 and 2016 Surveillance & Society Annual Paper Prizes!
These prizes are for the best papers to have been published in the previous year of the journal by an early career scholar (current graduate student or within 5 years of being awarded a PhD).
The Winners for 2015 are: Tyler Butler Reigeluth and Jeffrey Monaghan.
The Winners for 2016 are: Ben Brucato and Miguelángel Verde Garrido.
More information about these papers and the selection process can be found HERE.

The SSC is pleased to announce its participation in the 175th Anniversary of Queen's with a series of events called "Big Data: The 3-Ds: Define, Describe, Debate". The series celebrates Queen’s contributions to Big Data innovations and debates nationally and internationally, contributes to the historic and future role of Queen’s in fostering such open dialogue within the university and in the City of Kingston. We will open the black box of Big Data, explore what’s being done with Big Data on campus, and argue about the pros and cons of Big Data in fields from healthcare to marketing to national security and beyond. External speakers, along with Queen’s professors and students, will address the 3-Ds of Big Data through lectures, seminars panel discussions, plus pechakucha, video showings, film discussions, art exhibits and other media.
The series occurs through the fall term 2016 and winter term 2017.
More information can be found at


Call for Papers: CPDP 2017
CPDP is an annual three-day conference devoted to privacy and data protection. The 10th edition of CPDP will be held on 25-27 January 2017 in Brussels. Whilst a number of speakers are specifically invited by the conference, several slots remain open to application through an annual call for papers. The CPDP2017 Call for Papers is addressed to all researchers who wish to present their papers at the next Computers, Privacy and Data Protection conference. Contributions are welcome from all disciplines with perspectives on the themes of the conference. Deadline for Submissions is Friday, October 7, 2016. More information HERE

Call for SAGE Encyclopedia Entry
The Editor of the SAGE Encyclopedia of the Internet is seeking someone to wrote 6000 words for the entry "Internet Surveillance". The Goal of the encyclopedia is to provide the most comprehensive collection of authoritative entries on the Internet available, written in a style accessible to academic and non-academic audiences alike. If interested please contact Professor Barney Warf directly at Due date for submissions is October 1, 2016.


Research Assistant Position
Edge Hill University seeks a research assistant to work on a new multidisciplinary project that integrates expertise of the principal researchers from their computer science (Dr Ardhendu Behera) and psychology (Dr Motonori Yamaguchi) departments, along with health professionals from the Southport Hospital NHS Trust and the Walton Centre NHS Trust. Primary responsibilities include designing and developing an adaptive interface with inputs from the project team. The project will involve the use of a wearable eye-tracker (Tobii Pro Glasses 2).  Prior experience of working with eye-trackers will be beneficial.  More information HERE

LEaDing Fellows Postdoc Program
The program will provide 90 researchers from all over the world who recently obtained a PhD, with the opportunity to gain two years of work experience in the challenging, internationally acclaimed and multidisciplinary environment offered by Leiden University, Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Leiden University Medical Center and Erasmus Medical Center. The first call for proposals will go out in February 2017. Candidates will then be invited to submit a project proposal to one of the participating knowledge institutions. More Details.

Multiple Positions at the BC Civil Liberties Association
The BCCLA are looking for lawyers who are passionate about using their legal skills to uphold civil liberties and human rights in Canada.They are hiring for three (3) positions: Staff Counsel (Policy), Staff Counsel (Litigation), and Acting Litigation Director.

Apply here for Staff Counsel (Policy) position:
Apply here for Staff Counsel (Litigation) and Acting Litigation Director positions:


New Surveillance Paradigms? Insights from Latin America
Fourth International LAVITS Symposium
November 21-23, 2016

Location: The San Martín Cultural Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In the News

Rio 2016: Despite Brazil arrests, terror threat remains low, say experts and officials
David Murakami Wood comments on the potential risk of a terrorist attack at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Global News, July 21, 2016

Rio 2016: Fears of an attack during Olympics prompt boost in security
David Murakami Wood comments on the increase of security at the Rio 2016 Olympic games

Global News, August 2, 2016

Eye in the Sky: Drone cameras hover over venues in Rio
Ciara Bracken-Roche discusses the benefits, pitfalls and risks in drone surveillance
CTV News, August 5, 2016


Surveillance and Film
By J. Macgregor Wise

Windows into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology
By Gary Marx

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
By Cathy O'Neil

Online Articles

How Tinder is watching and sorting our intimacy
By Kyle Curlew
August 16, 2016

American involvement in Canadian terror cases must be questioned
By Monia Mazigh
August 16, 2016

Trudeau needs to act and secure Homa Hoodfar's return to Canada
By Monia Mazigh
August 31, 2016

AI Now: The Social and Economic Implications of Artificial Intelligence Technologies in the Near-Term
Link to video of symposium. July 7, 2016- New York City

The Global Surveillance Industry
Report by Privacy International

Know your terrorist credit score!
Link to video of lecture given by Kate Crawford at re-publica 2016

That’s What She Said
An in-depth look at mass surveillance with Joseph Gordon-Levitt
News Highlights

The race to find the 'holy grail' of drone technology

A Facebook 'like' and your name can reveal a shocking amount of info

Encryption actually protects law-abiding Canadians

Privacy row over FBI iris scan 'trial'

EU watchdogs permit Privacy Shield to run for one year

Vancouver police admit to having used mass-surveillance device StingRay

FBI tip led RCMP to thwart possible terrorist act by Aaron Driver in Strathroy, Ont.

Trudeau says rights must be balanced with security in battling terrorism

 U.S. approval of commercial UAVs outpacing Canadian rules

Companies are making money from our personal data- but at what cost?

Join the conversation and make your voice heard on Canada’s Open Government Action Plan 2016-18

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