The trade-offs ‘smart city’ apps like COVIDSafe ask us to make go well beyond privacy
by Kurt Iveson, Associate Professor of Urban Geography and Research Lead, Sydney Policy Lab, University of Sydney on May 17, 2020 at 7:57 pm
The COVIDSafe app hasn’t come out of nowhere. The promises of ‘smart city’ data collection may be seductive, but we must always weigh up what we’re being asked to give up in return.
Facial recognition is spreading faster than you realise
by Garfield Benjamin, Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Media Arts and Technology, Solent University on February 26, 2020 at 2:55 pm
The more we use facial recognition, the more we see its limits and its risks.
One Ring to rule them all: Surveillance ‘smart’ tech won’t make Canadian cities safer
by Bonnie Stewart, Assistant Professor, Online Pedagogy & Workplace Learning, University of Windsor on January 21, 2020 at 2:10 pm
Amazon says it’s the "new neighbourhood watch" but Ring may just be another technology that gives police too much data and lets neighbourhoods double down on their biases.
Policing the Berlin Wall: the ghostly photos taken by the Stasi’s hidden cameras
by Donna West Brett, Lecturer in Art History, University of Sydney on November 5, 2019 at 6:58 pm
30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, covert surveillance images offer us an unparalleled look at the lives of people trying to escape from the east to the west.
Facial recognition: ten reasons you should be worried about the technology
by Birgit Schippers, Visiting Research Fellow, Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen’s University Belfast on August 21, 2019 at 1:47 pm
Surveillance software that identifies people from CCTV is eroding human rights and democracy.
Is China’s social credit system coming to Australia?
by Peter Rogers, Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Law, Macquarie University on May 28, 2019 at 7:46 pm
Darwin is one of the aspiring ‘smart cities’ that is adopting Chinese technology that can identify and track individuals. Add changes in Australian law, and we have the makings of a surveillance state.
How artificial intelligence systems could threaten democracy
by Steven Feldstein, Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs & Associate Professor, School of Public Service, Boise State University on April 22, 2019 at 10:45 am
Even governments in democracies with strong traditions of rule of law find themselves tempted to abuse these new abilities.
As governments adopt artificial intelligence, there’s little oversight and lots of danger
by James Hendler, Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on April 18, 2019 at 10:43 am
AI can help make government more efficient – but at what cost? Citizens’ lives could be better or worse, based on how the technology is used.
Turning ‘big brother’ surveillance into a helping hand to the homeless
by Andrew Clarke, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland on October 21, 2018 at 7:17 pm
Surveillance often results in people who are homeless being the target of enforcement measures. But a new study in Cairns shows surveillance can also be used to achieve more positive social outcomes.
Driverless cars offer new forms of control – no wonder governments are keen
by Neil McBride, Reader in IT Management, De Montfort University on June 21, 2018 at 12:38 pm
Far from setting us free, autonomous vehicles are set to enable new forms of surveillance and oppression.
Britain’s mass surveillance regime is directly opposing human rights
by Matthew White, PhD candidate, Sheffield Hallam University on April 23, 2018 at 3:45 pm
The government’s Snoopers’ Charter didn’t permit blanket indiscriminate data retention, the Court of Appeal recently ruled. I strongly disagree.
The moral questions in the debate on what constitutes terrorism
by Jessica Wolfendale, Associate Professor of Philosophy, West Virginia University on December 12, 2017 at 2:52 am
A scholar asks: If two acts of violence kill similar numbers of people, have similar effects on victims and communities, and spread fear and terror, should they not be seen as equally abhorrent?
The real costs of cheap surveillance
by Jonathan Weinberg, Professor of Law, Wayne State University on July 18, 2017 at 12:26 am
What governments and companies think they know about us – whether or not it’s accurate – has real power over our actual lives.
What will the UK election mean for online privacy?
by Vladlena Benson, Associate Professor, Department of Accounting, Finance and Informatics, Kingston University on June 5, 2017 at 9:16 am
UK politicians are planning very different approaches to data privacy, security and surveillance.
How Google Street View became fertile ground for artists
by Allison L. Rowland, Assistant Professor of Performance and Communication Arts, St. Lawrence University on May 24, 2017 at 12:45 pm
In the 10 years since Google Street View launched, the platform has provided ample fodder for artists, who have used it to comment on surveillance, poverty and gentrification.
Weaponised research: how to keep you and your sources safe in the age of surveillance
by Sara Koopman, Research Associate, Tampere Peace Research Institute, University of Tampere on May 9, 2017 at 6:07 am
Yes, Big Brother is almost definitely watching. Here, five tips for researchers on keeping you and your sources safe.
Facial recognition is increasingly common, but how does it work?
by Jessica Gabel Cino, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law, Georgia State University on April 5, 2017 at 1:09 am
Computers are getting better at identifying people’s faces, and while that can be helpful as well as worrisome. To properly understand the legal and privacy ramifications, we need to know how facial recognition technology works.
If surveillance cameras are to be kept in line, the rules will have to keep pace with technology
by William Webster, Professor and Director, Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy, University of Stirling on March 14, 2017 at 2:54 pm
After more than 20 years and millions of cameras, UK’s first attempt to regulate CCTV cameras may be too little too late.
What does Trump’s election mean for digital freedom of speech?
by Luis Hestres, Assistant Professor of Digital Communication, The University of Texas at San Antonio on January 16, 2017 at 4:44 am
The public must prepare to stand up for a free press, and against online censorship and surveillance.
How the UK passed the most invasive surveillance law in democratic history
by Paul Bernal, Lecturer in Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Media Law, University of East Anglia on November 23, 2016 at 12:17 pm
The Snooper’s Charter has cleared parliament, but there might still be a way to stop the government collecting all our internet histories.
The price of connection: ‘surveillance capitalism’
by Nick Couldry, Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory, London School of Economics and Political Science on September 23, 2016 at 3:46 am
Capitalism has become focused on expanding the proportion of social life that is open to data collection and processing – as if the social itself has become the new target of capitalism’s expansion.
Do moves against Hangzhou G20 ‘rumours’ help show China at its best or worst?
by Meg Jing Zeng, PhD Candidate, Queensland University of Technology on August 31, 2016 at 2:24 am
Hangzhou is hosting the G20 summit and China is anxious to present a positive picture of the country to the world, but the official attitude to non-compliant citizens isn’t helping.
Snooping, policing, immigration and drugs: Theresa May’s controversial Home Office legacy
by Fiona de Londras, Professor of Global Legal Studies, Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham on July 12, 2016 at 9:11 am
Theresa May has been the longest-serving home secretary since the 19th century, but her tenure is distinctive for other reasons, too.
Western democracy’s new maxim: surveillance and soft despotism
by Benedetta Brevini, Lecturer in Communication and Media, University of Sydney on December 18, 2015 at 1:16 am
What kind of society do our so-called “Western and networked democracies” count as normal if humans are constantly objectified, monitored and profiled?
After Paris, it’s traditional detective work that will keep us safe, not mass surveillance
by Pete Fussey, Professor of Sociology, University of Essex on November 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm
The rush to grant more surveillance powers doesn’t reflect what actually keeps us safe.