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STS/GWS Admixtures Seminar Series - Probing and Resisting Dragnet State Surveillance: Toward a Participatory Approach

Date: 25 February 2014 Time: 1.00-2.00 pm

Venue: FASS MR 2

Andrew Clement, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, Canada

Mass surveillance by the US National Security agency (NSA) and its Five Eyes partners present an 'existential threat' to democratic ideals and institutions, urgentlycalling for remedial response. In addition to the usual formidable difficulties in achieving significant political change, hampering effective citizen action in resisting massstate cyber-surveillance are the deep secrecy shrouding spy agencies, the invisibility of their monitoring activities and widespread ignorance of the basic operation ofthe information infrastructure we are increasingly dependent on. This talk will draw on the crowd-sourced internet exchange mapping project (IXmaps.ca) to open theblack box of mass state internet surveillance in an attempt to render these activities more transparent and democratically accountable to citizens.

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Who can attend: Anyone

 

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Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Centre for Science Studies, Sociology

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