DATA-PSST directly informed two Special Issues of academic journals, a number of journal papers, and a book.
Special Issue: Veillance and Transparency: A Critical Examination of Mutual Watching in the Post-Snowden, Big Data Era. Big Data & Society, 4(1) 2017. Guest editors: Vian Bakir, Martina Feilzer, and Andrew McStay.
This special issue presents provocations and practices on veillance (i.e. processes of mutual watching) and transparency in the context of ‘big data’ in a post-Snowden period. It addresses three central debates. Firstly, concerning theory/practice: how useful are theories of veillance and transparency in explaining mutual watching in the post-Snowden, big data era? Secondly, there are questions concerning norms, ethics, regulation, resistance and social change around veillance and transparency. Thirdly: is the upsurge in veillance and transparency discourses and practices post-Snowden able to educate and engage people on abstract and secretive surveillance practices, as well as on the possibilities and pitfalls of sousveillance?
Contributors are as follows:
Guest Editor’s Introduction
- Vian Bakir, Martina Feilzer & Andrew McStay. Veillance and Transparency: A Critical Examination of Mutual Watching in the Post-Snowden, Big Data Era
- Clare Birchall: Shareveillance: Subjectivity between open and closed data
- Andrew McStay: Empathic media and advertising: Industry, policy, legal and citizen perspectives (the case for intimacy)
- Anthony Mills & Katharine Sarikakis: Reluctant activists? The impact of legislative and structural attempts of surveillance on investigative journalism
- Dan McQuillan: Algorithmic paranoia and the convivial alternative
- Lina Dencik, Arne Hintz & Jonathan Cable: Towards data justice? The ambiguity of anti-surveillance resistance in political activism
- Peter Mantello: The machine that ate bad people: The ontopolitics of the precrime assemblage
Artistic/Educational Provocations and Commentaries
- Evan Light: The Snowden Archive-in-a-Box: A year of travelling experiments in outreach and education
- Yvonne McDermott: Conceptualising the right to data protection in an era of Big Data
- Yu-Wei Lin: A reflective commentary of teaching critical thinking of privacy and surveillance in UK higher education
- Steve Mann: Big Data is a big lie without little data: Humanistic intelligence as a human right
- Jennifer Gradecki & Derek Curry: Crowd-Sourced Intelligence Agency: Prototyping counterveillance
- Benjamin Grosser: Tracing You: How transparent surveillance reveals a desire for visibility
- Piro Rexhepi: Liberal luxury: Decentering Snowden, surveillance and privilege
Special Issue: Sleepwalking towards Big Brother? The Ethics of Communication in an Era of Mass Surveillance. Ethical Space, 12 (3/4 ) 2015. Guest editor, Paul Lashmar.
The topics addressed in this Special Issue include the role of ‘sousveillance’, and journalistic and NGO strategies to deal with intelligence agencies. This includes:
- Paul Lashmar: Spies and journalists: Towards an ethical framework?
- Vian Bakir & Andrew McStay: Theorising Transparency Arrangements: Assessing Interdisciplinary Academic and Multi-Stakeholder Positions on Transparency in the post-Snowden Leak Era.
- Steve Wright: Watching them: watching us – where are the ethical boundaries?
Other academic publications from DATA-PSST:
- Bakir, V. 2015. Veillant Panoptic Assemblage: Critically Interrogating Mutual Watching through a Case Study of the Snowden Leaks. Media and Communication 3(3).
- Bakir, V. 2017. Political-Intelligence Elites, Strategic Political Communication and the Press: the Need for, and Utility of, a Benchmark of Public Accountability Demands. Intelligence and National Security, 32(3).
- Bakir, V. 2016. News Media and the Intelligence Community. In R. Fröhlich et al. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Media, Conflict & Security. Routledge, pp. 243-254.
- Bakir, V. in press 2017. Afterword. In S.Flynn and A.Mackay (eds.) Spaces of Surveillance: States and Selves. Palgrave-Macmillan.
- Bakir, V.in preparation/2018. Intelligence Elites and Public Accountability: Relationships of Influence with Civil Society. Routledge.