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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 4, October 2015
SSC News

The SSC is pleased to publicly announce it has been successful in obtaining a SSHRC Partnership Grant to study Big Data Surveillance. This is a five year project for $2.5 million led by SSC director David Lyon, with a team of five co-investigators (including SSC executive member David Murakami Wood), ten collaborators, and ten national and international academic and non-academic partners from public policy and activism groups. This partnership will study the vulnerabilities of big data surveillance in relation to three research streams: security, marketing and governance. Startup meetings were held in September, and more details about the project will follow, along with a new website featuring research goals and objectives, partners, people and events.

SSC member, David Murakami Wood is leading the Ubicity project, with Torin Monahan (UNC, USA) and Steve Graham (Newcastle, UK). This is a 5-year SSHRC Insight Grant-funded international collabrative looking at the security and surveillance issue in smart cities, places where urban management is facilitated by ubiquitous sensors and big data analytics. Read more about the three city case studies and student research team at:

For a summary of the past year of research, events and people at the SSC, see Issue 4 of the SSC Annual Newsletter, October 2015 now online here.

Welcome to all new and returning students and faculty to the SSC, we look forward to your involvement.

SSC Seminars
A Dance with the Death Dossier: Complexities and Forensic Identifications of the Guatemalan Military Diary
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Location: TBA
Fredy Peccerelli, Director, Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala (FAFG), and Chancellor Dunning Trust Lecturer, and George Lovell, Department of Geography, Queen's University

For details about the upcoming seminars, see 
other seminar related information on the
Facebook Group Page


Surveillance: Power, Performance and Trust 
The 7th biennial Surveillance & Society conference of the Surveillance Studies Network, hosted by Eticas Research & Consulting. Thursday 21st – Saturday 23rd April 2016 in Barcelona. Deadline submission of abstracts via EasyChair: 25 October 2015.

Privacy and Access 20/20: The Future of Privacy 
Hosted by The Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia and Reboot Communications, the conference will feature local, Canadian and international speakers representing academia, regulators, civil society, government and industry. 
November 12-13, 2015 at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in Vancouver, BC.


Veillance and Transparency: A Critical Examination of Mutual Watching in the Post-Snowden, Big Data Era
Proposed Special Issue of Big Data & Society. Proposals should be sent to the Guest Editors: Vian Bakir, Martina Feilzer, Andrew McStay (Bangor Univ.) More details. Deadline for academic papers (original research articles (8,000 words) and early career research forum essays (1,000 words - a great outlet for PhD students!)) Proposal Deadline: 15 October 2015

‘Big data: big power shifts?’
For a special issue of the Internet Policy Review. Deadline for expression of interest and abstract: 20 October 2015. Submissions (500 word abstracts) via the form (see under SUBMIT).

Rethinking surveillance: theories, discourses, structures and practices
For a special issue of Philosophy and Technology, following the international conference TILTing Perspectives held in Tilburg in April, 2015, Tilburg Institute for Law, technology and Society (TILT). Deadline for paper submissions: 31 October 2015.

World Journal of Social Science Research 
Call for papers in the field of social science, which includes, but is not limited to the following field: anthropology, economics, political science, psychology and sociology. We are also recruiting reviewers for the journal. If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, we welcome you to join us. Details

Protests in the Information Age: Social Movements, Digital Practices and Surveillance
Editors: Lucas Melgaço (Dept. of Criminology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel)and Jeffrey Monaghan (Dept. of Criminology, University of Ottawa). Submissions in English and of a maximum of 700 words should be sent before 20 November 2015.


Tenure-track or Tenured Faculty Position in Media and Technology Studies
Assistant or Associate Professor in Department of Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with specialization in media and technology studies, beginning July 1, 2016. Review of applications will begin 1st November, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Salary is competitive. Qualified applicants should apply online. inquiries, please contact the search committee.

Postdoc position
Uncertain Archives at the University of Copenhagen project.
Article Publications:

Understanding public opinion of UAVs in Canada: A 2014 analysis of survey data and its policy implications
By Scott Thompson and Ciara Bracken-Roche, Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems 3(3): 1-20, 2015.

The “Rise” of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Canada: An Analysis of Special Flight Operation Certificates (SFOCs) from 2007 to 2012
By Scott Thompson and Thompson and Alana Saulnier, Canadian Public Policy 41(3): 207-222, 2015.

Social Sorting as 'Social Transformation': credit scoring and the reproduction of populations as risks in South Africa 
By Sachil F. Singh, Security Dialogue, 46(4): 365-383, 2015. (Special Issue: Questioning Security Devices: Performativity, Resistance, Politics). 

Surveillance: Critical Analysis and Current Challenges (Part I)
Edited by James Schwoch, John Laprise and Ivory Mills, Special Issue of Media and Communication, Vol 3, No 2 (2015).
Articles by: Christian Fuchs, Michael McCahill, Charles D. Raab , Richard Jones and Iván Székely, Mike Zajko, Nora Ni Loideain, Sun-ha Hong, Sebastian Kubitschko, and Sarah Jackson Young.

Canada's Quiet History of Weakening Communications Encryption
Christopher Parsons and Tamir Israel, Telecom Transparency Project, August 7, 2015.

Half Baked: The Opportunity to Secure Cookie-Based Identifiers from Passive Surveillance
By Andrew Hilts and Christopher A. Parsons, Social Science Research Network, August 6, 2015.

“Surveillance Studies” 
By Gary Marx in Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. 2nd Edition, 2015.  

Coming to Terms: The Kaleidoscope of Privacy and Surveillance
By Gary Marx, in B. Roessler and D. Mokrosinska, The Social Dimensions of Privacy. Cambridge University Press, 2015. 

Genies: Bottled and Unbottled: Some Thoughts on the Properties of Information
By Gary Marx, in M. Hildebrandt and B. van den Berg, Freedom and Property of Information: The Philosophy of Law Meets the Philosophy of Technology. Routledge, 2014.
News Highlight

How campaign ‘micro-targeting’ works — and why it probably doesn’t - iPolitics
by Colin Bennett, September 9, 2015.

They’re spying on you: how party databases put your privacy at risk
by Colin Bennett, September 1, 2015.

For more continually updated news stories, see SSC website "What We're Reading" or
follow us on Twitter @sscqueens
SSC Members
in the News

Researchers to study big data collection used on Canadians - The Globe and Mail
About the BDS partnership grant and featuring partners.
September 29, 2015

Surveillance Studies Centre awarded $2.5 million SSHRC grant | Queen's Gazette | Queen's University
Queen's announcement of BDS.
September 29, 2015

Research project gets $2.5-million grant,
Local Kingston paper.
October 13, 2015

Our lives as open books -
With David Lyon on Transparent Lives and Surveillance after Snowden.
October 14, 2015

Q&A: David Lyon talks about surveillance after Snowden | Ottawa Citizen
Interview with David Lyon.
October 5, 2015

Is there a downside to selfies? The biggest problem with today's surveillance state -
Answered by David Lyon.
October 4, 2015

Queen’s surveillance expert makes an impact | Queen's Gazette | Queen's University
David Lyon one of three finalists for SSHRC Impact Award.
September 3, 2015

Why big data is the greatest threat to your business, and you - Eurpean CEO
Interview with David Lyon on protection in a digital age.
September 22, 2015

'The Harper Decade'
Op-Ed piece about how Canada has changed under Stephen Harper.
By David Murakami Wood
August 6, 2015

Watching the Watchers
Horizon 2020 Projects: Portal, Issue 7.
Features an article on the SSC.

July 2015

Book Publications

Surveillance After Snowden
By David Lyon, Polity Press, September 2015
[Book Trailer, Polity Press] Watch now...

Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness
By Simone Browne, Duke University Press, October 2015.

Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions
Edited by Marc Rotenberg, Jeramie Scott, and Julia Horwitz, The New Press, May 2015.

57 Ways to Screw Up in Grad School: Perverse Professional Lessons for Graduate Students
By Kevin Haggerty and Aaron Doyle, University of Chicago Press, 2015.

Election 2015: National Security Information Card by ICLMG
See the positions of the federal parties on anti-terrorism, privacy, immigration and other related legislations of concern to the ICLMG since 2001.

Using Future Internet Technologies to Strengthen Criminal Justice | RAND
By John S. Hollywood, Dulani Woods, Richard Silberglitt, Brian A. Jackson

Surveillance and Citizenship
Videos of the keynote and plenary speeches of the conference, Cardiff University, 18/19 June 2015. With talks by Ben Wizner (ACLU, Edward Snowden's lawyer), Annie Machon (Code Red, MI5 whistleblower), Kirstie Ball (Open University), James Ball (The Guardian), Tony Bunyan (Statewatch), Gus Hosein (Privacy International), Seda Gurses (New York University) and Marc Andrejevic (Ponoma College). Brief report.

Fix Canada’s Broken Access to Information System
Coalition calls on parties to improve the public’s right to know. The undersigned organizations have issued a joint letter to the major political parties in Canada calling on them to make concrete commitments to reform Canada’s access to information system.How can Canadians help reform Canada’s access to information system?

Library Freedom Project- Tor exit relays in libraries
Want your library to be our next exit relay site? Please send your answers to this questionnaire to us via contact page

What is the "Snowden Treaty"
Campaigning for governments to sign up to the Snowden Treaty, a proposed treaty that would curtail mass surveillance and protect the rights of whistleblowers.
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