A study day on ‘Surveillance and the Street’ will take place at the University of Bath on 19 March 2010. Organized under the auspices of ‘Street Life and Street Culture: Between Early Modern Europe and the Present’, which is funded by the AHRC as part of the Beyond Text initiative, the study day will consider themes relating to surveillance and technology as they impinge upon and inform the public space of the street. For participants and programme information, see the study day flyer (pdf). Those wishing to participate should e-mail Claire Hogg (C.Hogg@bath.ac.uk) by 8 March.
Posts Tagged 'Surveillance'
Tags: CCTV, Civil Liberties, Public Space, Surveillance, technology
Tags: CCTV, Civil Liberties, Corporate, Surveillance, technology
A workshop on ‘The Political Economy of Surveillance’, jointly organized by The New Transparency Major Collaborative Research Initiative and the Living in Surveillance Societies COST action, is currently seeking papers. The workshop, which will be held at the Open University Business School (Milton Keynes) on 9-12 September 2010, will explore the dynamics of the international surveillance industry, and abstracts are encouraged to address a wide range of topics relating the nature and extent of the surveillance industry and its relationship to the private and public sectors, the military, technological developments, and regulatory bodies. The deadline for the submission of 500-word proposals is 30 April 2010; for further details and submission instructions, see the websites of the organizing projects.
Tags: Britain, CCTV, Civil Liberties, Crime, Military, Policing, Security, Surveillance, technology
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).
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.
Tags: Civil Liberties, Globalisation, ID Cards, Policy, Surveillance, Twentieth Century
A new website on national ID cards has been launched: http://www.identity-cards.net. The website contains a comprehensive listing of national ID cards by geographical region worldwide, as well as a list of resources on the topic. Users can also submit and update information about national ID card systems globally. The website has been developed under The New Transparency Project, and was inspired by the book Playing the Identity Card (Routledge, 2008), edited by Colin Bennett and IdentiNet member David Lyon. It is maintained and updated by a group of students and faculty from Queen’s University and the University of Victoria.
Tags: Europe, Profiling, Registration, Security, Surveillance, technology, Twentieth Century, United States
The second seminar of the research group SUERTE (Sécurité, Union européenne et relations transatlantiques) will take place in Paris on 15 October 2009 on the theme of ‘Security, Dataveillance, and Databases’. Discussion will focus on current databases in the United States and the European Union; on the agencies and services that have access to databases; on the networks that are formed around the exchange of information; and on the relationship between data collection, security, profiling, and risk management. For further details, see the seminar flyer (pdf).
Tags: Biometrics, Civil Liberties, Globalisation, ID Cards, Identity Theft, Legal Frameworks, Policy, Privacy, Security, Surveillance, technology, Twentieth Century
The third Identity in the Information Society Workshop (IDIS10), to be held in Rome on 26-28 May 2010, has just issued its call for papers on the theme of ‘Identity and Organizations’ (public or private, local or global, formal or informal). Topics might include, but are not limited to: new identity technologies; emerging practices enabled by identification processes; changing notions of identity; information and identity risks; surveillance and privacy issues; and regulatory and legal implications. The deadline for the receipt of full papers (4,000-6,000 words) is 10 December 2009; for further information and submission guidelines visit the workshop website.
Tags: Civil Liberties, ID Cards, Surveillance, technology, Twentieth Century
Identifying Citizens: ID Cards as Surveillance, a new study by IdentiNet member David Lyon, has just been published. The book takes a historical, comparative, and sociological look at citizen-identification, and argues that the proliferation of ID card systems around the world represents a distinctive new phase in the long-term attempts of modern states to find stable ways of identifying citizens. It concludes that the widespread implementation of ID cards is both likely and, without safeguards, troublesome, though not necessarily for the reasons most commonly proposed. For further details and ordering information, see the Polity website.
Tags: Britain, Civil Liberties, Legal Frameworks, Policy, Privacy, Registration, Surveillance, technology
A new report on the ‘Database State’ has argued that many of Britain’s public sector databases are inefficient, invasive of privacy and vulnerable to legal challenge. The study was commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust and undertaken by members of the Foundation for Information Policy Research, including IdentiNet member Ross Anderson (Security Engineering, University of Cambridge). The report suggests that 11 of the 46 largest central databases are illegal under human rights or data protection laws (a further 29 are given an ‘amber light’), and makes a range of new recommendations for the collection and management of personal data and the development of government IT systems. Here’s the report and the executive summary, while Ross has also blogged some conclusions at The Guardian‘s Liberty Central. Picture: Chris Campbell/flickr (CC)