One of our collaborators on the new Living in Surveillance Societies (LiSS) project, Christian Fuchs, from the eTheory Research Group of the ICT&S Center – Advanced Studies and Research in Information and Communication Technologies & Society at the University of Salzburg in Austria, has an interesting-looking new study out on social networking and surveillance. You can also find more information about the study here.
Just like me, Christian also has a blog on wordpress – although he hasn’t updated it much recently (I know that feeling!) – and runs an open access online journal, tripleC (cognition, communication and cooperation). Check them out…
On the subject of Brazilian Internet surveillance, I would just like to draw people’s attention to some of the other surveillance studies scholars with whom I will be working with here, starting with Fernanda Bruno. Fernanda is a Professor in the Postgraduate Programme in Communication at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She has a blog on surveillance issues here. I first came across Fernanda when we published a really interesting piece she wrote with Paulo Vaz on self-surveillance back in the ‘Foucault and Panopticism Revisited’ special issue of Surveillance & Society back in 2003.
Some people are probably wondering what I am actually doing here. I sometimes feel like am not quite sure myself, but I will write more on my research over the next few days. One thing my hosts and I are doing is organising the first gathering of surveillance studies scholars in Brazil, the symposium on Surveillance, Security and Social Control in Latin America here at the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, Curitiba. Hopefully this will form the nucleus of the Surveillance Studies Network in Latin America. We’ve selected 46 papers for presentation, although actually we could do with some more Spanish language contributions… we may issue another extended call soon.