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David Lyon

Professor of Sociology, Queen's Research Chair, Professor in the Faculty of Law, and Director of the Surveillance Study Centre, Queen's University
BSc, PhD (Bradford)


David Lyon is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada who serves as Director of the Surveillance Studies Centre and Professor of Sociology and of Law at Queen’s University (Ontario). In 2013 he was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK). His newest books, The Culture of Surveillance (Polity Press) and Transparent Lives: Surveillance in Canada, (co-authored with several others and co-edited with Colin Bennett, Kevin Haggerty and Valerie Steeves) (Athabasca University Press) will be forthcoming in 2014. His surveillance interests include border and airport controls, social media, video camera surveillance and, especially, citizen registration and identification systems. He has been extensively involved in debates around issues of national and international surveillance practices, policies, and ethics.

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  • INDS 521 - Google, Government, and the Rise of the Information State

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David Lyon is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada who serves as Director of the Surveillance Studies Centre and Professor of Sociology and of Law at Queen’s University (Ontario). In 2013 he was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK). His newest books, The Culture of Surveillance (Polity Press) and Transparent Lives: Surveillance in Canada, (co-authored with several others and co-edited with Colin Bennett, Kevin Haggerty and Valerie Steeves) (Athabasca University Press) will be forthcoming in 2014. His surveillance interests include border and airport controls, social media, video camera surveillance and, especially, citizen registration and identification systems. He has been extensively involved in debates around issues of national and international surveillance practices, policies, and ethics.