Call for Papers
The Politics of Surveillance: A ‘New Transparency Project’ Workshop
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON – May 8-10, 2014
Event Sponsor: The New Transparency: Surveillance and Social Sorting Project
Event Host: University of Ottawa
Though civil society advocates, politicians and surveillance scholars have been debating the issue for years, the revelations of Edward Snowden have brought public attention to a powerful yet questionable international surveillance apparatus. The extraordinary growth of this system appears in conjunction with the expansion of our online and mobile device-driven lives. How can users and citizens protect themselves in the face of a surveillance system that is both concealed and omnipresent? To what extent can the surveillance apparatus be resisted or democratically determined? Facilitating and achieving democratic oversight of an international surveillance system is a considerable challenge, and one that raises old questions about the role of representative governance, now revisited in the context of digital terrorist networks and the ‘Internet of things.’
This workshop will debate the various political, legal, social and technological strategies for challenging the surveillance apparatus in Canada and internationally. The workshop focuses on means and strategies, rather than threats and risks. It coincides with the publication of the report “Transparent Lives: Surveillance in Canada.” For further information see the Politics of Surveillance website:
The workshop will discuss significant examples of advocacy and activism and address some of the most important questions facing surveillance activists, such as:
· How can the media contribute to surveillance activism?
· Is current law an effective advocacy tool?
· What makes a good privacy education initiative?
· How can we promote usable/effective privacy-enhancing/anti-surveillance ICTs?
· What makes a good anti-surveillance campaign?
· To what extent can the surveillance apparatus be democratically governed?Concrete outcomes of the workshop will include:
· Sharing lessons about effective counter-surveillance advocacy strategies, and
· Strengthening an emerging network of Canadian and international surveillance activists and scholars
Call for Papers
The organizers are seeking written paper contributions from scholars and activists who are working in areas closely related to the question of how the governmental and corporate surveillance might best be challenged, regulated, resisted or reversed.
Abstracts of 300 words (maximum) should be submitted no later than 10 January 2014.
For informal queries, please contact Andrew Clement, [email protected]