Queen’s University sociology professors David Lyon and David Murakami Wood are available to discuss security at the upcoming G8/G20 summit.
"From a security perspective, the G20 summit is an even larger event than the Vancouver Olympics,” says Professor Lyon. “This means a greater police presence and more restrictions on movement and assembly. From a surveillance perspective, highly visible cameras are being installed on public streets and, more discreetly, an ID system will restrict the movement of all but those with 'accreditation' in the security zones."
Professor Lyon is the director of the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s. His research, writing, and teaching interests revolve around major social transformations in the modern world. Questions of the information society, globalization, Secularization, surveillance, and post-modernity all feature prominently in his work.
"In recent years, the G8 and G20 summits have often been used by states to experiment with new security and surveillance technologies,” says Professor Murakami-Wood. “For example, in Pittsburgh, the police used 'less lethal' sonic weapons against protestors for the first time on North American soil. Whilst there is an understandable concern for the security of delegates, events like these should not be an excuse for 'exceptional' measures that contravene Canadian Charter rights."
Professor Murakami Wood is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Surveillance Studies. Until August 2009, he was Reader in Surveillance Studies in the Global Urban Research Unit at Newcastle University in the UK. He had an ESRC Research Fellowship for a project called Cultures of Urban Surveillance, which looked at the globalization of surveillance in different global cities.