Cyber-Surveillance in Everyday Life

An International Workshop, 12-15 May 2011

Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto



5-7pm   Unlawful Access? Cyber-Surveillance, Security & Civil Liberties:  Experts & Advocates Speak Out

*NEW* Notes

with moderator Ron Deibert and featuring

  • Jacob Appelbaum (Tor project, University of Washington)
  • Lisa Austin (Associate professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto)
  • Dave McMahon (Bell Canada)
  • Chris Prince (Policy analyst, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)
  • Micheal Vonn (Policy director, BC Civil Liberties Association)

Campbell Conference Facility * followed by a wine & cheese reception

(Download media release)


8:45-9am Welcome (Andrew Clement & Kate Milberry, University of Toronto, CCF)

9-10:30am Opening Plenary: Advocates’ perspectives on “burning issues” in cyber-surveillance (CCF)

  • Jeff Chester, Executive Director, Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), Washington DC, US
  • Tamir Israel, Staff Counsel, Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), Ottawa, Canada
  • Sukanya Pillay, Director, National Security Program, Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), Toronto, Canada
  • Lee Tien, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), San Francisco, US
  • Jay Stanley, Public Education Director, Technology and Liberty Program, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Washington DC, US

(Moderator: Colin Bennett, University of Victoria)

11-12:30pm  Plenary Panel 1: Codes, Techniques & Technologies of Resistance (CCF)

*NEW* Notes

  • Finn Brunton & Helen Nissenbaum, New York University, US
    Vernacular resistance to data collection and surveillance: A political theory of obfuscation
  • Seda Gurses & Jason Pridmore, Belgium/Netherlands
    Translating privacy into digital designs: Technical strategies to counter everyday surveillance
  • Oliver Leistert, Graduiertenkolleg Automatismen, University of Paderborn, Germany
    Protection against digitally mediated surveillance within social movements and the infrastructure as adversary

(Discussant: Kate Milberry / Moderator: Andrew Clement)

2-3:30pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions

BO 1: Social Networking I – Emancipation/Punishment? (Discussant: Chris Prince / Moderator: Kate Milberry, Rm 108N)

*NEW* Notes

  • Nelson Arteaga-Botello, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Mexico
    Violence and Social Networking in Mexico: Actors and Surveillance Technologies
  • Jennifer Martin, University of Western Ontario, Canada
    Second Life: Power to the People or Virtual Surveillance Society?
  • Priscilla Regan & Deborah Johnson, George Mason University & University of Virginia, US
    Reconfiguring the House of Mirrors: Narrowing Digitally Mediated Surveillance on Facebook

BO 2: Ubiquitous and Self-Surveillance ( Discussant Graeme Norton / Moderator: David Murakami-Wood, Rm 208N)

*NEW* Notes

  • Sean Lawson & Robert W Gehl, University of Utah, US
    Convergence Security: Cyber-Surveillance and the Biopolitical Production of Security
  • Kristin Veel, University of Copenhagen Department of Arts & Cultural Studies, DK
    Calm Surveillance: The Cultural Imagination of Ubiquitous Surveillance Technologies

BO 3: Cyber-Warfare (Discussant: Sukanya Pillay / Moderator: David Lyon, CCF)

*NEW* Notes

  • Ron Deibert, Citizen Lab, University of Toronto, Canada
    Blurring Boundaries: Crime and Espionage Online
  • Catherine Hart, Simon Fraser University, Canada
    Mobilizing the Cyberspace Race: A Policy Analysis Exploring the Militarization of the Internet and its Implications on an Open Net
  • Sunny Skye Hughes, University of Maine, US Lighting the Back Alleys of the Internet: A Review of Barack Obama’s Surveillance Policies Against the Background of the National Security State

4-5:30pm  Plenary Panel 2: Law Enforcement & the Cyber-security State (Discussant: Jay Stanley / Moderator: David Murakami-Wood, CCF)

*NEW* Notes

  • Elizabeth Kirley, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University & Department of National Defence Canada
    Integrated Intelligence and the Internet
  • Torin Monahan, Vanderbilt University, US
    Mediating the Surveillance State
  • Christopher Soghoian, Indiana University, US
    The Law Enforcement Surveillance Gap

7pm Cyber-Surveillance in Everyday Life: An Art Exhibit

(Download media release)


9-10:30am  Plenary Panel 3: Digitally Mediated Surveillance Infrastructures (Discussant Lee Tien / Moderator Pris Regan, CCF)

*NEW* Notes

  • Trisha Meyer & Leo Van Audenhove, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
    Surveillance and Regulating Code: An Analysis of Graduated Response in France
  • Milton Mueller, Andreas  Kuehn, Stephanie Santoso, Syracuse   University  School  of  Information  Studies,  USA;  Ben  Wagner,  European   Union  Institute,  Italy
    DPI and Copyright Protection: A comparative study of EU, US and China
  • David Phillips, Karen Pollock & Michael Murphy, University of Toronto, Canada
    Comparing the Android and Apple Operating Systems as Structuring Tactics in Cloud Surveillance

11-12:30pm  Plenary Panel 4: Behavioural Marketing & Surveillant Advertising (Discussant: Jeff Chester / Moderator: Colin Bennett, CCF)

  • Nora Ruth Addario Draper, University of Pennsylvania, US
    Group Power: Discourses of Consumer and Retailer Power in Group Coupon Websites
  • Harley Geiger, Policy Counsel, Center for Democracy & Technology, US
    A Self-Regulatory Framework for Digital Signage Privacy
  • Elijah Sparrow, Riseup Collective & University of California Santa Cruz, US
    Social Media and the Rise of Surveillance-based Advertising

2-3:30pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions

BO 4: Birds of a Feather mini-breakouts (Lounge)

  • Facilitator: Kate Milberry

BO 5: Experiencing Cyber-surveillance in Everyday Life (Discussant Tamir Israel/ Moderator: David Phillips, Rm 208N)

*NEW* Notes

  • Alice Marwick, Microsoft Research New England, US
    The Public Domain: Social Surveillance in Everyday Life
  • Arslan Butt & Richard Smith, Simon Fraser University, Canada
    “I might not scratch my ass if I think there might be a camera taping it”: Public Perception of Surveillance Technologies in Everyday Life
  • David Harper, University of East London, UK
    Paranoia and public responses to cyber-surveillance

BO 6: Identity, Anonymity & Cyber-surveillance (Discussant Gus Hosein / Moderator: Charles Raab, CCF)

  • Kenneth Farrall, New York University, US
    Online Collectivism, Individualism and Anonymity in East Asia
  • Andrew Clement, Joseph Ferenbok & Matt Ratto, University of Toronto, Canada
    A Counter-Surveillance ‘Proportionate ID Digital Wallet’

4-5:30pm  Closing Plenary – Charting the future of cyber-surveillance advocacy & research (CCF)


  • David Lyon, Director, Surveillance Studies Centre, Queens Univeristy
  • Gus Hosein, Policy Director, Privacy International (PI) & Visiting Senior Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, UK
  • Charles Raab, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Micheal Vonn, Policy Director, BC Civil Liberties Association

(Moderator: Andrew Clement, University of Toronto)

7pm  Workshop Dinner @ Tati Bistro (see map)


*10:30am (Video) Eyes on the Street A Jane (Jacob)’s video surveillance walk in downtown Toronto (Andrew Clement, University of Toronto, Canada)

*Meet at the front entrance of the Holiday Inn (280 Bloor St. W.) OR 11:00am meet at Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St. W.), under the big surveillance camera, under the Canadian flag.

(Download media release)

Demo Space @ University of Toronto Art Centre Lounge

May 13 & 14 (12:30-2pm daily)

  • Andrew Clement, David Phillips & Nancy Paterson (IXmaps)
    “Can the NSA see your packets?” Mapping traffic through internet backbone surveillance sites using
  • Andrew Clement, Joseph Ferenbok & Matt Ratto (PropID)
    Demonstration of Prototype ‘Proportionate ID Digital Wallet’
  • Sami Coll (The City University of New York)  Biopower and consumer surveillance: New forms of governance
  • Joseph Ferenbok & Andrew Clement (University of Toronto)
    De-identifying Digital Faces
  • Seda Guerses (K. U. Leuven) The Anonymous City (video)
  • Leslie Regan Shade (Concordia University)
    Surveilling the Girl via the Third and Networked Screen (video)
  • Richard Randell (Webster University) Digitally Mediated Surveillance and the Worldwide Data Warehousing Movement
  • Elijah Sparrow & Brenna Wolf-Monteiro (Riseup Collective)
    A few from the trenches: Best practices for secure service providers

This Workshop is part of The New Transparency: Surveillance and Social Sorting, an MCRI project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to investigate surveillance as the dominant organizing practice of our late modern world.



4 Responses to Program

  1. Pingback: Digitally Mediated Surveillance

  2. Pingback: conference notice-cyber-surveillance

  3. Pingback: Immedia » Blog Archive » The state of surveillance

  4. Pingback: Conference Notice-Cyber-Surveillance

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *