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 elected to a three-year term as Associate editor Surveillance & Society, the official journal of the international Surveillance Studies Network (SSN). The SSN has also recognized Bill’s work, Everyday Surveillance: Vigilance and Visibility in Postmodern Life (2/e, 2014) with the 2015 SSN Book Prize. Bill will be giving a keynote address at The Aesthetics of Surveillance in German Literature and Culture Graduate Student Conference in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages at Vanderbilt University. To participate in the conference, please submit a 250 word abstract to vu.ggsa.grad.conference@gmail.com by Dec. 8th 2016. For further please see the conference website 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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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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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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SSRC Affiliate Professor Bo Luo receives NSF support to develop technology to shore up user privacy online

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2015 Spencer Foundation, $43,000,"Student Information Systems in Schools: Building or Undermining Trust between Stakeholders?" Principal Investigator, William G. Staples, Professor, Sociology, Director of the Surveillance Studies Research Center, IPSR, KU; Co-Principal Investigator; Argun Saatcioglu, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, KU

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

 

Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness By Simone Browne (Duke University Press, 2015)


Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness
By Simone Browne

 

Feminist Surveillance Studies Edited by Rachel E. Dubrofsky and Shoshana Amielle Magnet (Duke University Press, 2015)

Feminist Surveillance Studies
Edited by Rachel E. Dubrofsky and 
Shoshana Amielle Magnet