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Post-Doctoral Fellows

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Post-Doctoral Fellows

Name: Tommy Cooke

Tommy Cooke is a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen’s University, working on digital privacy. Between 2018 and 2020, Cooke is building an interdisciplinary research team to conduct an empirical study of meta-data. “A Day in the Life of Meta-Data”, supervised by Dr. David Lyon, follows the creation, change, and circulation of one small piece of GPS coordinate data from within a smartphone, across a marketing network, and towards a government border. The project aims to elucidate the various alterations, manipulations, and interpretations that small bits of data undergoes as it travels across numerous transmission channels. By making this tiny bit of meta-data visible and legible to us as researchers, the project seeks to ground theoretical understandings within the field of Surveillance Studies - particularly those inspired by the Snowden revelations - about how seemingly innocuous bits of data created by casual smartphone usage plays a role in marketing and security profiling on the one hand, and marketing and security treatment on the other. This project is a continuation of theoretical work conducted at the Centre for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) GmbH in Bochum, Germany, which critically (re)articulates digital privacy as a matter of bottom-up, user-oriented data discovery by hacking mobile technologies.

For more information, please contact Tommy at tommy.cooke@queensu.ca