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Available Expert - Queen's experts comment on the Olympic Games - Part 3

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Queen's University sociologist Ciara Bracken-Roche is available to comment on the use of aerial drones for surveillance during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. A PhD Candidate and researcher with the Queen's Surveillance Studies Centre, her research focuses on the role of unmanned aerial systems in the domestic realm and their contribution to the rapid expansion of security, policing and commercial surveillance.

“The introduction of drones in domestic spaces contributes to larger, networked, and persistent security and surveillance in public areas such as at sporting events for crowd management," says Ms. Bracken-Roche. "The Rio Olympics will have at least one all seeing eye in the sky with Simera, a camera attached to a tethered balloon that can capture high definition images of the entire city of Rio during the Games, and countless others employed for use in the filming the games, and for security in and outside of venues. However, these Olympics will test just how important the all-seeing eyes are for ensuring security, and whether or not they're worth the erosion of privacy.”

This is the third in a four-part series of Olympic Games pitches. Previously, Queen's experts were offered on the following topics

Ajay Agarwal (Geography and Planning) - Infrastructure issues and the impact they could have on the games.
Jean Côté (Kinesiology and Health Studies) - Athlete development.
Monica LaBarge (Business) - Corporate sponsorship.
David Murakami Wood (Surveillance Studies) - Efforts to ensure the security of athletes and spectators.
Tandy Thomas (Business) - Marketing around the Olympic Games.

To arrange an interview, either with today's experts or those from a previous pitch, please contact communications officer Chris Armes (613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or chris.armes@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.caat Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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