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Queen's Contagion Cultures Lecture Series - Personal Data, Surveillance and Contagion - David Lyon, Professor, Sociology

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Personal Data, Surveillance and Contagion

David Lyon
Director, Surveillance Studies Centre; Professor, Department of Sociology, Queen's University

Contact-tracing apps have been much in the news during the pandemic and as they represent particularly intimate tracking systems they have naturally been seen as a rather controversial form of surveillance. Yet as a “second wave” attempt to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus they are frequently seen as a highly plausible tech solution by Big Data advocates. In this talk, David Lyon will discuss the reasons why such systems would be thought of as a potentially undesirable form of surveillance, the range of contexts in which they are being used—from Singapore to Israel/Palestine to the UK, as well as in Canada—and the sorts of safeguards that should be in place where such systems are mooted.    

FREE EVENT but registration is required.

Chris Cornish
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