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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Queen’s expert David Murakami Wood (Surveillance Studies) can speak to the testimony of Frances Hauser at the US Senate hearing titled “Protecting Kids Online.”

"Like the former East Germany, both Google and Facebook are built on ubiquitous surveillance and propaganda, and just like that country before its collapse, this has generated increasing discontent with the way in which its citizens / users are treated,” says Murakami Wood.

The Facebook whistleblower released tens of thousands of pages of internal research and documents indicating the company was aware of various problems caused by its apps, including Instagram’s potential “toxic” effect on teen girls. 

"With every prominent whistleblower and every firing of those who speak out, we are getting closer to the beginning of the end for 'surveillance capitalism', the model that has driven the rise of platform corporations to their pre-eminent global positions and generated unprecedented wealth for their founder,” says Murakami Wood.

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer  Julie Brown ( 343-363-2763 or Julie.brown@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.  

 

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