Defining the Sensor Society Conference
Defining the Sensor Society
8 - 9 May 2014
Social Sciences and Humanities Library Conference Room, Level 1, Duhig Building (No. 2)
St Lucia Campus [see map]
Academics $100 / Students $50. Register here by 28 April.
We are surrounded by sensors: our cars collect detailed information about our driving habits and destinations; our smart phones gather a growing array of increasingly detailed and comprehensive information about our communication activities and more. The growing network of sensors contributes to a fast-growing stream of data about everything from the weather to the details of our personal lives and our movements throughout the course of the day.
The resulting shift away from targeted, discrete forms of information collection to always-on, ubiquitous, expanding and accelerating data collection marks important changes in our understandings of surveillance, information processing, and privacy in the digital era. The sensor society therefore raises significant questions about the role of privacy, power and surveillance in the world of the ever-watching, ever-sensing, always-on interactive devices. Control over the sensing infrastructure, the databases, and the response platforms will play a crucial role in how information is used and who benefits.
Hosted in conjunction with the TC Beirne School of Law, this multi-disciplinary conference explores theoretical, empirical, legal and historical approaches to the sensor society.
Professor Edward W Felten, Director of the Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University
Dr Jennifer Gabrys, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London
Professor Lisa Parks, Department of Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Closing remarks by The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
- Sensor Histories: Making Data Big
- Making Sense of Sensors: Anytime-Anywhere Monitoring
- Privacy and Regulation in the Sensor Society
- Drones: Avatars of the Sensor Network
- The Future of Human Sensors
- Sensors and Targets: Marketing in the Sensor Society
A full list of participants, program and abstracts will be published in the coming months.