Mission

The mission of the Surveillance Studies Research Center (SSRC) is to facilitate scholarship and collaborative partnerships in the study of contemporary forms of surveillance, social monitoring, and data gathering. Surveillance Studies is a burgeoning, global, interdisciplinary field that is producing new and important theoretical and empirical understandings of human behavior. The only Center of its kind in the United States, the SSRC seeks to address one of society’s grand challenges for the 21st century.

News

SSRC Director Bill Staples and SSRC Faculty Affiliate Perry Alexander have been awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Program Secure & Trustworthy Cyberspace. The research team will study the day-to-day use patterns and security experiences of users in the public libraries of two diverse communities in northeast Kansas, and develop a prototype device with built-in security and privacy protections that can be delivered using an inexpensive, portable USB-style device to help patrons go online more safely. The researchers' goal is to enable these public-use patrons to have the same access and protections as those using their own computers. Read more here.

Keynote Address Available Online


Watch the keynote address by Dr. Alessandro Acquisti, Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University for the STATES OF SURVEILLANCE: NEW DIRECTIONS AND EMPIRICAL PROJECTS held October 1-2, 2015 and hosted by the KU Surveillance Studies Research Center and Institute for Policy & Social Research.
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Handbook on resilience in surveillance societies


Surveillance continues to grow widely with a huge impact on the lives of individuals and society at large. Though some forms of surveillance may be acceptable or tolerable, others pose a serious challenge – threatening democracy, fundamental rights and freedoms and the very fabric of society with often irreversible, corrosive impact.

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People are not willing to trade privacy for security

An Interview with Professor Kirstie Ball at the Open University.
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Transparent Lives
Surveillance in Canada


Transparent Lives demonstrates dramatically just how visible we have all become to myriad organizations and what this means—for better or for worse—for how we conduct our everyday lives.
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New Scholarship

Windows into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology. By Gary T. Marx (The University of Chicago Press, 2016)

Windows into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology
By Gary T. Marx

 

Surveilling and Securing the Olympics: From Tokyo 1964 to London 2012 and Beyond. By Vida Bajc (Palgrave, 2016)


Surveilling and Securing the Olympics: From Tokyo 1964 to London 2012 and Beyond. By Vida Bajc

 

Citizen Spies: The Long Rise of America's Surveillance Society. By Joshua Reeves (NYU Press, 2016)

Citizen Spies: The Long Rise of America's Surveillance Society. By Joshua Reeves