Annotated Bibliographies Available for Download

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Digitally mediated surveillance is an ever present phenomenon. In addition to the papers, position statements, and talks that will be presented at the upcoming Cyber-surveillance in Everyday Life workshop next month, a series of annotated bibliographies were commissioned. The bibliographies offer insight into key topics that will be explored in the workshop, and are specifically focused on the topics of deep packet inspection, social networking sites/systems and data mining. The first two are available, today, whereas the last will be published soon. See below for titles, descriptions, and links for the annotated bibliographies.

Digitally mediated surveillance, privacy and social network sites

by Kate Raynes-Goldie

Abstract: Drawing on the existing body of primarily youth-focused research, combined with two newer studies examining adults this annotated bibliography provides an examination of user understandings of digitally mediated surveillance (DMS) and privacy practices on social network sites (SNS). Particular focus will be paid to the key debate around youth and privacy attitudes (the ‘privacy paradox’), with an examination of newer research on adults and social network use. The emerging work on the ideologies, goals and beliefs of the companies behind SNS will also be examined

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Literature Review of Deep Packet Inspection

by Christopher Parsons

Abstract: Deep packet inspection is a networking technology that facilitates intense scrutiny of data, in real-time, as key chokepoints on the Internet. Governments, civil rights activists, technologists, lawyers, and private business have all demonstrated interest in the technology, though they often disagree about what constitutes legitimate uses. This literature review takes up the most prominent scholarly analyses of the technology. Given Canada’s arguably leading role in regulating the technology, many of its regulator’s key documents and evidentiary articles are also included. The press has been heatedly interested in the technology, and so round out the literature review alongside civil rights advocates, technology vendors, and counsel analyses.

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Welcome to Cyber-surveillance in Everyday Life: An International Workshop.

Digitally mediated surveillance is an increasingly prevalent, but still largely invisible, aspect of everyday life. As we work, play and negotiate public spaces, on-line and off, we produce a growing stream of personal digital data of interest to unseen others.

This international workshop brings together researchers and a range of other actors working on issues relating to cyber-surveillance, particularly as it pervades and mediates social life. A central concern is to understand better digitally mediated surveillance practices, making them more publicly visible and democratically accountable.

We hope to gather a range of contributions from experts working in a variety of settings such as NGOs, academia, industry and advocacy organizations. We encourage traditional academic research papers, as well as position statements, demonstrations, artistic interpretations an other contributions that take a critical approach to cyber-surveillance.

Cyber-surveillance in Everyday Life: An International Workshop is hosted by the New Transparency project. It will be held at University of Toronto, May 12-15 2011.

If you have any question, please contact us.

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