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[liberationtech] FW: [CITASA] CFP - Cyber-surveillance in Everyday Life: AnInternational Workshop

Douglas Schuler douglas at
Fri Aug 13 16:54:59 PDT 2010

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> Subject: [CITASA] CFP - Cyber-surveillance in Everyday Life:  
> AnInternational Workshop
> Please share and distribute widely!
> Call for Participation
> Cyber-Surveillance in Everyday Life: An international workshop
> May 12-15, 2011, University of Toronto, Canada
> Digitally mediated surveillance (DMS) is an increasingly prevalent,  
> but still largely invisible, aspect of daily life. As we work, play  
> and negotiate public and private spaces, on-line and off, we produce  
> a growing stream of personal digital data of interest to unseen  
> others. CCTV cameras hosted by private and public actors survey and  
> record our movements in public space, as well as in the workplace.  
> Corporate interests track our behaviour as we navigate both social  
> and transactional cyberspaces, data mining our digital doubles and  
> packaging users as commodities for sale to the highest bidder.  
> Governments continue to collect personal information on-line with  
> unclear guidelines for retention and use, while law enforcement  
> increasingly use internet technology to monitor not only criminals  
> but activists and political dissidents as well, with worrisome  
> implications for democracy.
> This international workshop brings together researchers, advocates,  
> activists and artists working on the many aspects of cyber- 
> surveillance, particularly as it pervades and mediates social life.  
> This workshop will appeal to those interested in the surveillance  
> aspects of topics such as the following, especially as they raise  
> broader themes and issues that characterize the cyber-surveillance  
> terrain more widely:
> social networking (practices & platforms)
> search engines
> behavioural advertising/targeted marketing
> monitoring and analysis techniques (facial recognition, RFID, video  
> analytics, data mining)
> Internet surveillance (deep packet inspection, backbone intercepts)
> resistance (actors, practices, technologies)
> A central concern is to better understand DMS practices, making them  
> more publicly visible and democratically accountable. To do so, we  
> must comprehend what constitutes DMS, delineating parameters for  
> research and analysis. We must further explore the way citizens and  
> consumers experience, engage with and respond to digitally mediated  
> surveillance. Finally, we must develop alliances, responses and  
> counterstrategies to deal with the ongoing creep of digitally  
> mediated surveillance in everyday life.
> The workshop adopts a novel structure, mainly comprising a series of  
> themed panels organized to address compelling questions arising  
> around digitally mediated surveillance that cut across the topics  
> listed above. Some illustrative examples:
> We regularly hear about ‘cyber-surveillance’, ‘cyber-security’, and  
> ‘cyber-threats’. What constitutes cyber-surveillance, and what are  
> the empirical and theoretical difficulties in establishing a  
> practical understanding of cyber-surveillance? Is the enterprise of  
> developing a definition useful, or condemned to analytic confusion?
> What are the motives and strategies of key DMS actors (e.g.  
> surveillance equipment/systems/ strategy/”solutions” providers;  
> police/law enforcement/security agencies; data aggregation brokers;  
> digital infrastructure providers); oversight/regulatory/data  
> protection agencies; civil society organizations, and user/citizens?
> What are the relationships among key DMS actors (e.g. between social  
> networking site providers)? Between marketers (e.g. Facebook and  
> DoubleClick)? Between digital infrastructure providers and law  
> enforcement (e.g. lawful access)?
> What business models are enterprises pursuing that promote DMS in a  
> variety of areas, including social networking, location tracking,  
> ID’d transactions etc. What can we expect of DMS in the coming  
> years? What new risks and opportunities are likely?
> What do people know about the DMS practices and risks they are  
> exposed to in everyday life? What are people’s attitudes to these  
> practices and risks?
> What are the politics of DMS; who is active? What are their primary  
> interests, what are the possible lines of contention and prospective  
> alliances? What are the promising intervention points and alliances  
> that can promote a more democratically accountable surveillance?
> What is the relationship between DMS and privacy? Are privacy  
> policies legitimating DMS? Is a re-evaluation of traditional  
> information privacy principles required in light of new and emergent  
> online practices, such as social networking and others?
> Do deep packet inspection and other surveillance techniques and  
> practices of internet service providers (ISP) threaten personal  
> privacy?
> How do new technical configurations promote surveillance and  
> challenge privacy? For example, do cloud computing applications pose  
> a greater threat to personal privacy than the client/server model?  
> How do mobile devices and geo-location promote surveillance of  
> individuals?
> How do the multiple jurisdictions of internet data storage and  
> exchange affect the application of national/international data  
> protection laws?
> What is the role of advocacy/activist movements in challenging cyber- 
> surveillance?
> In conjunction with the workshop there will be a combination of  
> public events on the theme of cyber-surveillance in everyday life:
> poster session, for presenting and discussing provocative ideas and  
> works in progress
> public lecture or debate
> art exhibition/installation(s)
> We invite 500 word abstracts of research papers, position  
> statements, short presentations, works in progress, posters,  
> demonstrations, installations. Each abstract should:
> address explicitly one or more “burning questions” related to  
> digitally-mediated surveillance in everyday life, such as those  
> mentioned above.
> indicate the form of intended contribution (i.e. research paper,  
> position statement, short presentation, work in progress, poster,  
> demonstration, installation)
> The workshop will consist of about 40 participants, at least half of  
> whom will be presenters listed on the published program. Funds will  
> be available to support the participation of representatives of  
> civil society organizations.
> Accepted research paper authors will be invited to submit a full  
> paper (~6000 words) for presentation and discussion in a multi-party  
> panel session. All accepted submissions will be posted publicly. A  
> selection of papers will be invited for revision and academic  
> publication in a special issue of an open-access, refereed journal  
> such as Surveillance and Society.
> In order to facilitate a more holistic conversation, one that  
> reaches beyond academia, we also invite critical position  
> statements, short presentations, works-in-progress, interactive  
> demonstrations, and artistic interpretations of the meaning and  
> import of cyber-surveillance in everyday life. These will be  
> included in the panel sessions or grouped by theme in concurrent  
> ‘birds-of-a-feather’ sessions designed to tease out, more  
> interactively and informally, emergent questions, problems, ideas  
> and future directions. This BoF track is meant to be flexible and  
> contemporary, welcoming a variety of genres.
> Instructions for making submissions will be available on the  
> workshop website by Sept 1.
> See also an accompanying Call for Annotated Bibliographies, aimed at  
> providing background materials useful to workshop participants as  
> well as more widely.
> Timeline:
> 2010:
> Oct. 1: Abstracts (500 words) for research papers, position  
> statements, and other ‘birds-of-a-feather’ submissions
> Nov. 15: Notification to authors of accepted research papers,  
> position statements, etc. Abstracts posted to web.
> 2011:
> Feb. 1: Abstracts (500 words) for posters
> Mar. 1: Notification to authors of accepted posters.
> Apr. 1: Full research papers (5-6000 words) due, and posted to web.
> May 12-15 Workshop
> Sponsored by: The New Transparency – Surveillance and Social Sorting.
> International Program Committee: Jeffrey Chester (Center for Digital  
> Democracy), Roger Clarke (Australian Privacy Foundation), Gus Hosein  
> (Privacy International, London School of Economics), Helen  
> Nissenbaum (New York University), Charles Raab (University of  
> Edinburgh) and Priscilla Regan (George Mason University)
> Organizing Committee: Colin Bennett, Andrew Clement, Kate Milberry &  
> Chris Parsons, University of Toronto & University of Victoria
> -- 
> M. Kathleen Milberry, PhD
> Post-doctoral Research Fellow
> Faculty of Information
> University of Toronto
> Toronto, ON Canada
> (604) 787-5903
> blog:
> Twitter: @KateMilberry

Douglas Schuler
douglas at

Public Sphere Project

Liberating Voices!  A Pattern Language for Communication Revolution  

Liberating Voices!  A Pattern Language for Communication Revolution  

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