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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 1, February 2015
Welcome!
 
Welcome to the first issue of the SSC e-Newsletter! This is a bi-monthly summary of Surveillance Studies Centre News as well as a source of information on in the field of surveillance studies. Each issue will include SSC news, events, calls, and news highlights in the main section and members in the news, resources, publications and other information in the right sidebar.

You are receiving this e-Newsletter because you have had some involvement with the SSC in the past or were on a previous listserv. However, as more people become interested in our work we want to make it easy to keep up with events and research at the SSC. Feel free to let others know about this new tool.

During 2015 the SSC is hosting two major events at Queen’s University in June. One is the Surveillance Studies Summer Seminar, for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Registration is open now; details below. The other is an international research workshop on Intersectional Approaches to Surveillance Studies, an important way of considering how different critical perspectives complement each other to offer deeper analysis.

The ongoing work of the SSC revolves round a core of researchers – faculty, postdocs, graduate students and others – who are engaged in the analysis and assessment of surveillance from political, legal, criminological, sociological, technical, ethical, artistic and other perspectives. We have links to policy through our partners in privacy advocacy, civil liberties and human rights and we also host or support exhibitions and films relating to surveillance.

We are part of a global network of surveillance studies groups that are active in many countries. Research done at Queen’s relates to surveillance in Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, Japan, Mexico, the Middle East, Turkey, and the UK and USA. We are affiliated with the Surveillance Studies Network, the Surveillance & Society Journal, the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy (CRISP) and LAVITS (Latin-American Network of Surveillance, Technology and Society Studies). 
David Lyon, SSC Director
SSC News

Congratulations to Ozgun Topak, who successfully defended his PhD thesis on November 4, “Surveillance, Subjectivity and Resistance at the Frontiers of Europe: A Materialist Analysis of the Greece-Turkey Borders”. Ozgun is now a postdoctoral fellow in International Security Studies at York University in Toronto.
 
Welcome to Ozge Girgin, a new PhD student studying surveillance, from Middle East University. She will be co-supervised by David Lyon and David Murakami-Wood. 
SSC Seminar Series 

Manu Luksch, Intermedia Artist, Founding Director of ambientTV.NET
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
12:30 - 2:00pm
Mackintosh-Corry Hall D411
 
Andrew Clement, University of Toronto
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
12:30 - 2:00pm
Mackintosh-Corry Hall D411
  Wednesday, March 25, 2015
12:30 - 2:00pm
Mackintosh-Corry Hall D411
Calls

Surveillance Studies Summer Seminar
Hosted by the Surveillance Studies Centre in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, June 6-14, 2015. SSSS provides an intensive, multi-disciplinary learning experience that addresses key issues of surveillance studies in ways that enhance the participants' own research projects, as well as providing a unique national and international networking opportunity. Deadline to apply is March 27, 2015.
 
Intersectional Approaches to Surveillance
Surveillance Studies Centre Workshop 2015, June 11-13, 2015, Queen’s University (Donald Gordon Centre), Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Abstract Submission Deadline: March 16, 2015.
 
Surveillance & Society
Special issue on "Race, Ethnicity and Surveillance", Edited by: Simone Browne, University of Texas at Austin, Ronak K. Kapadia, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Katherine McKittrick, Queen’s University. Submission Deadline: May 1st, 2015, Reviews Returned: July 2015, Publication Date: November / December 2015.

Surveillance and Citizenship State-Media-Citizen Relations After the Snowden Leaks,
June 18-19, 2015, Cardiff University, UK. Submission deadline February, 15, 2015.

Media Fields Journal, Issue 11: Surveillance Zones
Deadline February 25, 2015.
 
Materialisms Unbound: flows, temporalities, formations
York University, Toronto, May 7-8, 2015. Abstracts due February 25, 2015.

Surveillance within and produced through social media
Proposed panel for: Social Media and Society conference July 27-29, 2015. Abstracts due February 26, 2015. Please contact Daniel Trottier or Jason Pridmore

Workshop on Surveillance & Technology
Held with the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS), June 29, 2015, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Submissions due March 11, 2015.
 
16. The Affective Contours of Technology and National [In]security 
Panel at the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) conference in Denver, Colorado, November 11-14, 2015. Deadline March 29, 2015.
 
Security & Society, Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA)
University of Ottawa, June 1-5, 2015.

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Surveillance, Security and Privacy
Call for authors, general Editor Dr. Bruce Arrigo, University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Deadline August 1, 2014.
News Highlights

Bill C51

A close eye on security makes Canadians safer - The Globe and Mail

Bill C-51: Political battle lines drawn over anti-terror bill as election nears - Politics - CBC News

Bill C51 Legal Primer- Policy Alternatives

Bill C-51: the Good, the Bad . . . and the Truly Ugly · thewalrus.ca

Anti-terrorism bill's powers could ensnare protesters, MP fears - Politics - CBC News

Parliament must reject the anti-terror bill, Broadbent and Romanow - Globe and Mail

Privacy Protection Just Got Tougher | The Tyee

How Ottawa’s new terrorism act could chill free speech - The Globe and Mail

Harper's new anti-terrorism bill is overreaching and could impact negatively on the rights and freedoms of Canadians - Press Release, ICLMG

Bill C-51 Backgrounder # 3: Sharing Information and Lost Lessons from the Maher Arar Experience | Canada's Proposed Antiterrorism Act

Bill C-51 Backgrounder #2: The Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s Proposed Power to “Reduce” Security Threats through Conduct that May Violate the Law and Charter | Canada's Proposed Antiterrorism Act

Bill C-51: Backgrounder #1: The New Advocacy or Promotion of Terrorism Offence | Canada's Proposed Antiterrorism Act

What will it take to address Canada's privacy deficit? | rabble.ca

Statement from the Privacy Commissioner of Canada following the tabling of Bill C-51 - January 30, 2015

Anti-terrorism powers: What's in the legislation? CBC news

Anti-terror bill: Can government balance security and civil rights? - Ottawa Citizen

Snowden

'Privacy Critical to Human Freedom': Snowden, Poitras, and Greenwald Talk NSA | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Laura Poitras, Glen Greenwald and Edward Snowden with David Carr- Times Talks

Edward Snowden Speaks to World Affairs Conference, UCC Toronto

CSE's Levitation project: Expert says spy agencies 'drowning in data' and unable to follow leads - Canada - CBC News

Cyber surveillance worries most Canadians: privacy czar's poll - Canada - CBC News
 
CSE tracks millions of downloads daily: Snowden - CBC News

Canada casts global surveillance dragnet over file downloads - The Intercept

Canada's Snowden Files - CBC News

A Year After Reform Push, NSA Still Collects Bulk Domestic Data, Still Lacks Way to Assess Value - The Intercept

Secret US cybersecurity report: encryption vital to protect private data - The Guardian
 
GCHQ captured emails of journalists from top international media - The Guardian
   
New Snowden Documents Reveal That The NSA Can’t Hack Everyone - ThinkProgress

Anti-Terror Bill Means Familiar Tug-Of-War For Harper- The Guardian

Anti-terror bill to focus on preventive arrests; possible border laws - Ottawa Citizen

New anti-terror laws could be ‘slippery slope': U.S. expert - Ottawa Citizen

New counterterrorism bill to override certain privacy limits - Politics - CBC News


Drones

Costly Border Drone Program Has Failed, Federal Audit Finds - Common Dreams 

Drones set for $1bn market by 2018, predicts economist - The Guardian

RCMP drone expansion comes with hefty price tag, prompts concerns of ‘mission creep’ - National Post  

Charlie Hebdo Attacks

David Cameron seeks cooperation of US president over encryption crackdown - The Guardian

Glenn Greenwald on how to be a terror "expert": Ignore facts, blame Muslims, trumpet U.S. propaganda - democracynow.org

David Cameron pledges anti-terror law for internet after Paris attacks - The Guardian

Harper exploiting Paris shootings to deepen surveillance state and justify war - rabble.ca


Harper preaches pushback against Islamists, and sells weapons to the Middle East - www.vancouverobserver.com

Charlie Hebdo massacre bolsters Stephen Harper’s tough line on radical Islam: Walkom - Toronto Star

In Wake of Charlie Hebdo Attack, Let’s Not Sacrifice Even More Rights - Common Dreams

Other


Six ways your tech is spying on you – and how to turn it off | Alex Hern | Comment is free | The Guardian 
Register today for the next Surveillance Studies Summer Seminar!
SSC Members
in the News


Screening sparks surveillance discussion - Queen's Gazette
David Lyon and the Kingston premier of Citizenfour, documentary about Edward Snowden.

A surveillance winter: the chilling effect on freedom - The Kingston Whig-Standard
Editorial by David Lyon.
 
Panelists discuss architecture and surveillance - The Queen's Journal
"Early Warning Systems" panel talk between Charles Stankievech and David Murakami Wood.

Identifying the pasts and futures of national ID systems - Queen's School of Graduate Studies
About the research of SSC PhD candidate Midori Ogasawara.

Watching the watchers - Queen's Alumni Review
About the research of SSC PhD candidate Ciara Bracken-Roche, on the use of drones. 
Resources
 
CSE Summaries
Collation of all
Snowden-related
documents that
mention Canada,
CSE(C), and
Canadian citizens.
Compiled by
Chris Parsons.
 
Citizenfour
Official movie
trailer of Oscar winning documentary about Edward
Snowden by
Laura Poitras.
Publications

Doing Surveillance Studies (Part II): Critical Approaches to Methodology and Pedagogy
Surveillance & Society, Vol 13, No 1 (2015). Edited by Sachil Singh, Harrison Smith and Scott Thompson . 

Multiple Surveillance on the Digitized Campus
Lucas Melgaço, Radical Pedagogy, 12(1).

Recommendations to the Council of the EU and the European Parliament on access rights, in the context of the European data protection reform
Policy Brief that is the outcome of research on Subject Access and Citizens Rights across Europe. Part of the Increasing Resilience in Surveillance Societies (IRISS) Project, funded by the FP7 Framework Programme for research of the European Union. January 31, 2015.

Smartphones as Locative Media
By Jordan Frith, Polity Press, February 2015.
Sign the Petition

Reject Fear. Stop Stephen Harper’s "secret police" bill C-51!

Watch the Leadnow.ca video

Stop Spying on Us - OpenMedia.ca
Participate

The Vienna Centre for Societal Security (VICSSE) 
Looking for participants in their study with the EU project  SOURCE. They especially seek experts and informed citizens to take part.

Appear in the short fictional film called 'Groucho'
A darkly comic look at small-time anti-surveillance activism for Jonathan Carr's practice-based PhD at the University of York, focused on the normalization of surveillance through the prism of film.
Donate to the Surveillance Studies Centre
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