INDS 521

Smartphones, Surveillance, and Human Flourishing

Course Description

Explore tools for building a theological framework for one of the most rapidly developing ethical challenges of our day: data collection and surveillance. Smartphones are everywhere, a valuable tool with thousands of uses in everyday life. But smartphones, along with many other daily-use devices, also perform regular surveillance. What happens to the data they handle? How is the global growth of everyday surveillance impacting human flourishing? What are its implications for values that concern us as Christians–things like freedom and fairness? And what role do we ourselves play in surveillance? Join us as we reflect on surveillance as a particular way of seeing and ask: "How might we relate this to how God sees? And how can that way of seeing shape our response to, and our engagement with, surveillance?"

Dates Jul 17–Jul 21
Days & Times Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
Format Onsite/Online
Credit Hours 1–2
Audit Hours 1



David Lyon

Professor Emeritus in Sociology and Law, Former Queen’s Research Chair in Surveillance Studies, and Former Director of the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario

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There are no prerequisites for this course.

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