Living in a Surveillance Culture
Institutional Communication Service
24 April 2017
Living in a Surveillance Culture. A conference by Prof. David Lyon on the challenges of Information Society
The Faculty of Communication Sciences organises on May 2, 2017, in the Lugano campus Auditorium a conference on digital surveillance. Prof. David Lyon, director of the Surveillance Studies Centre of Ontario Queen’s University and USI doctor honoris causa will hold the lecture “Living in a Surveillance Culture”, in the context of his activities at USI as visiting professor.
Prof. Lyon's main research interests are on modern social transformations (globalization, secularization, postmodern condition) with a focus on surveillance. His work “The Information Society: Issues and Illusions”, on the first critique on illusions and dangers of Information Society, such as mass surveillance, dates back to 1988.
In 2007, David Lyon received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Sociological Association (Communication and Information Technology Section) and in 2008 he was appointed Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Among his most recent works: Surveillance after Snowden (Polity 2015) and Liquid Surveillance, written in together with renowned sociologist Zygmunt Bauman (Polity 2012).
At the link below, the video with the acceptance speech of USI Doctor Honoris Causa, conferred in 2016 «for his pioneering studies on Information Society and for the constant attention to themes of the contemporary sociological debate such as privacy, electronic and digital surveillance, and ethics of identification»