The Guardian and The Telegraph newspapers ran stories this weekend reporting that UK police are planning to use unmanned ‘spy drones’, originally developed for surveillance in military contexts, to monitor antisocial motorists, protesters, agricultural thieves, and fly-tippers. According to the reports, an arms manufacturer is currently developing the so-called Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) – capable of taking high-resolution images from heights of up to 20,000ft – for civilian deployment, and that the drones could be in use by local forces in time for the London Olympics in 2012. For the full reports, see here (Guardian [includes video and comments]) and here (Telegraph).
Archive for January, 2010
Tags: Britain, CCTV, Civil Liberties, Crime, Military, Policing, Security, Surveillance, technology
Tags: DNA Databases, Europe, Foucault, Policing, Profiling, Security, Surveillance, technology, Twentieth Century
The first ‘brown bag lunch’ IPS discussion seminar will take place at King’s College London on Thursday 28 January 2010. Co-organised by IdentiNet participant Didier Bigo, discussion will be introduced by a presentation from Andrea Molteni (University of Milan) on the functioning of the concept of the dispositif within the work of Michel Foucault, which will go on to consider its relevance to the analysis of DNA databases, especially within the Italian context (a full abstract is available here). Wine will be provided, and participants are encouraged to bring along their own sandwiches. The seminar will take place from 12.30pm–2.30pm in the War Studies meeting room, which is on the sixth floor of the King’s Building on Strand Campus (map). If you wish to attend, please confirm with firstname.lastname@example.org. Picture: Flickr/dullhunk (CC)
Tags: CCTV, Civil Liberties, ID Cards, Policy, Privacy, Surveillance, Twentieth Century
The Surveillance Project, the interdisciplinary, international research initiative based in the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University under the direction of IdentiNet member David Lyon, relaunched today as the Surveillance Studies Centre. The SSC will both expand the existing research programme (in particular The New Transparency Project) and serve as a platform for new funding applications. It will also ‘advance the surveillance studies field by way of workshops, lectures and seminars, empirical work, publishing, community outreach, liaising with policy and activist groups, and student training’. For full details, see the new centre website.
David Barnard-Wills, a delegate at our 2009 public conference (Identifying the Person: Past, Present, and Future), has written a wonderfully detailed unofficial report on the event, which is available in two parts on his impressive ‘Surveillance and Identity’ research blog (Part 1, Part 2). Dr Barnard-Wills is currently a Research Fellow at Cranfield University’s Department of Informatics and Sensors. The official conference report is scheduled to appear in the Spring 2010 issue of History Workshop Journal.