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Surveillance and Privacy


David LyonSociologist David Lyon is Director of the Queen’s-based Surveillance Project and Principal Investigator of the Globalization of Personal Data Project, a SSHRC-funded project which conducted an international survey on attitudes toward surveillance and privacy encompassing 9,000 participants in eight countries.Dr. Lyon has been working on surveillance issues since the 1980s, when he discussed surveillance as one of the key issues of information-based societies in The Information Society: Issues and Illusions (Polity 1988). Since then he has been involved in many debates over information politics and policy in Canada and around the world as a result of his research and publications including The Electronic Eye (1994), Surveillance Society (2001) and Surveillance after September 11 (Polity 2003). He is a founding editor of the e-journal Surveillance and Society and has particular research interests in national ID cards, aviation security and surveillance and in promoting the cross-disciplinary and international study of surveillance. He is writing a general introduction to surveillance studies as well as a new book: Subject to Surveillance: Resisting, Negotiating and Complying with Control.The Surveillance ProjectTo arrange an interview please contact Sarah Withrow, (613) 533-3280, sarah.withrow@queensu.ca, or Lorinda Peterson, (613) 533-3234, lorinda.peterson@queensu.ca

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