Archive for the 'Surveillance' Category

Cities, (im)mobilities and the politics of visibility

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

I wrote this for Subversive Technologies, the 2011 “digital event” hosted by e-fagia.  Consisting of an online exhibition of Internet art and art projects relating to technology, a gallery exhibition of video and electronic art, and online publications of curatorial statements and articles, Subversive Technologies investigates how artists respond to communication technology as one of […]

No surprise: G20 cams *not* down!

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

As of last week, this CCTV camera remained in place at Queen and Peter Streets, despite media reports that the security cameras erected for the G20 summit last June had been taken down. Although Toronto Police announced the 71 CCTV cameras acquired for the G20 would be removed upon “the completion of the event, when […]

Toronto G20 security cams down?

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

As part of its $1.2 billion security budget for the G20, the Toronto Police Service erected 77 closed circuit security cameras in the so-called “security zone” as well as throughout downtown. The mainstream media reports that by the beginning of July, half of these had been taken down, with the other half slated to be […]

Cyber-surveillance in Everyday Life

Friday, August 13th, 2010

As part of my postdoc at U of T’s Faculty of Information, I’m helping organize an international workshop entitled Cyber-surveillance in Everyday Life. It’s part of a series of workshops organized by the New Transparency: Surveillance and Social Sorting. I attended the Surveillance Games, held in Vancouver last year, and Camera Surveillance in Canada, hosted […]

Warrantless access for Canada?

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

I went to a panel entitled Overdue Update or Big Brother? Lawful Access and Cyber Surveillance at U of T’s Faculty of Law yesterday. It was moderated by Graeme Norton, director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s Public Safety Project. The panel included David Murakami-Wood, a member of the New Transparency project (and the only […]

Sorting Daemons

Friday, January 15th, 2010

I attended the opening for Sorting Daemons: Art, Surveillance and Social Control, which is being held in conjunction with the Surveillance Camera workshop I’m attending. Information-gathering systems increasingly affect our lives, tracking our movement and consumer preferences. Such “sorting daemons” reinforce existing streams of influence and quietly create new ones. The artists in this exhibition […]

CCTV: Orwellian nightmare or technical fix?

Friday, January 15th, 2010

It’s been awhile since I’ve traveled by train, but yesterday I boarded old faithful VIA bound for Kingston for the SCAN workshop on camera surveillance in Canada. The workshop is part of the New Transparency project (and my new job). I’d forgotten how lovely the train is! Clive Norris opened the workshop a public lecture […]

Let the (surveillance) games begin

Friday, November 20th, 2009

I’m in session at the Surveillance Games Workshop, part of the New Transparency: Surveillance & Social Project (my new employer), at Simon Fraser University in rainy Vancouver. Lots of good sessions so far about citizen spying and state surveillance around mega-events, such as the Olympics. Neat bunch of folks, lots of talk about democratic interventions […]

Surveying the surveillance landscape…in several parts

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Remember Channel Zero? An oldie but goodie: Confessions of a Surveillance Society

Open source as surveillance technique?

Monday, November 16th, 2009

The open source method used for evil. CIA invests in software to monitor social media… Bloggers beware!