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 has been appointed as a Fulbright Specialist and Visiting Professor at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society, Tilburg University, NL for the month of May 2019.
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Cover photo of book titled Metric Culture: Ontologies of Self-Tracking Practices

SSRC Director Bill Staples has published a chapter entitled, “Real-Time Grade Books and the Quantified Student,” in the volume, Metric Culture: Ontologies of Self-Tracking Practices edited by Btihaj Ajana from Kings College, London.



Bill’s paper, "'Humane' Immigration Enforcement and Latina Immigrants in the Detention Complex," with Andrea Gómez Cervantes and Cecilia Menjívar published in Feminist Criminology (doi: 10.1177/1557085117699069) has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Feminist Criminology Best Article Award from the American Society of Criminology.







A new documentary film, "Surveillance Culture" co-directed by Drs. Btihaj Ajana and Anders Albrechtslund features SSRC Director Bill Staples.
Link to the film: https://youtu.be/GqJM2GMOge0



NSF Grant Awarded

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



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