Surveillance, Power and Justice

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
RC14 Sociology of Communication, Knowledge and Culture (host committee)

Language: English

Surveillance of many kinds has rapidly become a central issue within digital modernity, on a global plane. What was once thought of as a discrete problem of national security, policing, or workplace monitoring is now viewed as a crucial challenge for all citizens everywhere. The gathering and analysis of personal data is simultaneously a social, economic, political, technical and cultural phenomenon that profoundly affects life-chances and choices in all areas of life, a trend now accented by the growing use of “big data” practices in many countries. Surveillance is a crucible and conduit of power that raises urgent questions of power and rights and demands careful and communal research. This session explores some of the most important aspects of surveillance today, with the accent on data analytics, showing how they raise vital questions for power and justice, nationally and internationally.
Session Organizer:
David LYON, Queen's University, Canada
Oral Presentations
Surveillance, Algorithms, and Democracy
Natalie BYFIELD, St. John's University, USA
Surveillance, Big Data, Micro-Targeting and the Profiling of Western Electorates
COLIN BENNETT, UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA, Canada; Jeffrey HUGHES, School of Management, University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom
Institutional Uses of Dublin Regulation III and the Eurodac Database By France and Switzerland to Identify Foreigners to be Deported
Ibrahim SOYSÜREN, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland; Mihaela NEDELCU, University of Neuchâtel, Institut of Sociology, Switzerland
Beyond Contexts of Surveillance: Surveillance in the Everyday
Rachel DUBROFSKY, University of South Florida, USA