WEBINAR Surveillance for Your Own Good: A Discussion and Debate

10 June 2020, 14:00 - 15:30

Online event

At a time when surveillance apps are being discussed ‘for our own good’ it seems important to explore the larger contexts – what is the relationship between state power and platform/consumer surveillance? What are the chances of digital surveillance being ‘rolled back’ rather than becoming a permanent extension to forms of digitally enabled control in our everyday lives? How does universal surveillance or monitoring impact different groups – in relation to social power and discrimination? What do nudge tactics and their digital implementation imply for consent, as a meaningful possibility? Why do we passively accept surveillance?


John Naughton, Director of the Press Fellowship Programme at Wolfson College, and the Observer’s technology columnist

Anne Alexander, Director of CDH Learning and a member of the Data Ethics Group at the Alan Turing Institute

Hugo Leal, Methods Fellow, Cambridge Digital Humanities

Chair, Caroline Bassett, Director, Cambridge Digital Humanities.


Hugo, John, and Anne will each briefly focus on a particular area of surveillance to frame an open discussion.  

Please email Karen Herbane at CDH to register for the event.