Presentation – Dr. Scott Thompson, U of S Faculty
Topic: Surveillance, Privacy and Society: Big Brother to Edward Snowden
This presentation addresses the questions of “what is surveillance?” and “how is it shaping our daily lives?” It starts with why privacy is important, and then discusses what surveillance is and how it is impacting us day to day. Special attention will be paid to social media, police carding, government surveillance, and consumer surveillance, as well as what can be done about intrusions to privacy.
Dr. Scott Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan. Having been called ‘the genuine historian of Surveillance Studies,’ Scott uses historical case studies in order to explain and address current and pressing issues in the areas of Criminology, Sociology and Surveillance
Studies. Scott is also currently a collaborator on ‘The Big Data Surveillance’ project, a five year, $2.5 million SSHRC Partnership Grant