Book Presentation by David Lyon: Liquid Surveillance: a conversation


New surveillance technologies can have a significant impact on privacy. Surveillance, defined as “any collection and processing of personal data, whether identifiable or not, for the purposes of influencing or managing those whose data have been garnered” (Lyon, 2001), is a distinctive product of the modern world and as this world has become liquefied so too has surveillance.

Why do people so willingly comply with surveillance and how does this liquidity suck everyone into its stream as participants? These and other questions will be addressed during the book presentation by Professor David Lyon (Director of the Surveillance Studies Centre, Queens University, Canada) of his new book Liquid Surveillance: A Conversation, which he co-authored with Zygmunt Bauman (Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Leeds, United Kingdom).

The presentation will be followed by a lively roundtable discussion moderated by William Webster, University of Stirling (UK) with the following panellists: Ann Rudinow Sætnan, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NO), Didier Bigo, King’s College London (UK) and Kristin Veel, University of Copenhagen (DK).

Organised by VUB-LSTS and LISS (Living in Surveillance Societies)-COST Action in cooperation with Polity Press and deBuren.
REGISTRATION: Please RSVP to following address: rvbrakel[a]

Wednesday 23 January 2013 – 20:00 (drinks at 19.30)

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