David Murakami Wood

David Murakami Wood
Queen's University | QueensU · Department of Sociology

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Introduction
I work on globalizing and planetary surveillance, smart cities, security and authoritarianism.

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Publications (95)
Technical Report
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"Beyond Big Data Surveillance: Freedom and Fairness" is a report on a 7 year collaborative research project on major changes in contemporary surveillance in "digital societies" with examples drawn from Canada. It is intended for a broad, non-academic audience, including regulators, lawyers, civil society groups, politicians etc., but is based on re...
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This is just a short introduction / explainer on Google's move to deep learning in online marketing
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An interview with Shoshana Zuboff about her new book: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power.
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This editorial introduces this special responsive issue on “platform surveillance.” We develop the term platform surveillance to account for the manifold and often insidious ways that digital platforms fundamentally transform social practices and relations, recasting them as surveillant exchanges whose coordination must be technologically mediated...
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Smart city technologies are proliferating in our urban environments. The latest iteration of the urban techno-fix, cities on a global level have begun piloting and plugging into a range of “smart” infrastructure and IoT, resulting in granular and even enactments of “the actually existing smart city.” Rather than evoking once promised vision of the...
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This article considers Mark Zuckerberg’s 2017 open letter titled “Building Global Community” as a political manifesto. Published just prior to an ongoing series of scandals involving Facebook and the misuse of customer data, the letter outlines Zuckerberg’s plans for the future direction of the company. Using an approach based on Luc Boltanski and...
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Tug of War: Surveillance Capitalism, Military Contracting, and the Rise of the Surveillance State. By Jocelyn Wills. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2017. xv + 500 pp. Bibliography, notes, index. Cloth, $39.95. ISBN: 978-0-7735-5047-6. - Volume 92 Issue 2 - David Murakami Wood
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Surveillance is everywhere... in workplaces monitoring the performance of employees, social media sites tracking clicks and uploads, financial institutions logging transactions, advertisers amassing fine-grained data on customers, and security agencies siphoning up everyone's telecommunications activities. Surveillance practices-although often hidd...
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This editorial introduces this special response issue on the global turn to authoritarianism. It points out the lack of any systematic political theory of the way in which authority and surveillance relate within Surveillance Studies and sketches some possible outlines for such a theory, that involves relationships between surveillance, democracy,...
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This short commentary argues that while Barnett’s critique of critical security and resilience studies needs to be made, the route suggested through the emphasis on ‘the public’ as the milieu of security lacks a necessary engagement with concepts of visibility and transparency. These concepts are used in Barnett’s piece very much in the same gestur...
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This editorial for the Surveillance and Security Intelligence After Snowden issue provides a very brief history of National Security Agency whistleblowers and investigations before Edward Snowden, and sets the current wave of NSA whistleblowing in the context of a growing demand for openness, transparency and accountability opposing the renewed clo...
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In large Global Cities, the ‘command centres’ of the global economy, most aspects of everyday life are subject to surveillance. Forms of Neoliberal urbanism have spread public space video surveillance, homogenized theme-park malls, gated private appartment blocks suburbs and exclusionary policies towards urban others: the homeless, undocumented mig...
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‘Smart cities’ combine ubiquitous computing and urban management, and are characterized by pervasive wireless networks and distributed sensor platforms from video surveillance to meteorological stations, monitoring flows from traffic to sewerage and providing information in real-time or in anticipation of risks. These have extended from small proje...
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This paper provides interrogates the relationship of the global and surveillance. It makes a broad theoretical argument for a relational political economy of global surveillance by bringing surveillance studies, assemblage theory and political economic work on neoliberalism in geography into a closer conversation. It argues that in the contemporary...
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This article considers the emergence of the 'brandscape' as a new apparatus and a mode of order in neo-liberal capitalism. Simultaneously locating its emergence as a result of developments in marketing, urbanism, technology and surveillance, we discuss its characteristics, forms and potentialities. The brandscape is a marketing neologism that combi...
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This chapter considers the urban dimensions of security and insecurity, specifically in relation to the contemporary urban condition represented by the term ‘global’ or ‘world city network’ (Taylor, 2004b). It takes a Foucauldian biopolitical approach to security/life adjusted by Mbembé’s necropolitical considerations of insecurity/death, and focus...
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Sécurité et surveillance sont aujourd'hui une partie de l'expérience quotidienne banale d'une manière qu'ils n'ont pas été jusqu’à la fin du XXe siècle. À juste titre, ils sont devenus plus importants sujets dans la sociologie, même si chacune a également suscité un intérêt multidisciplinaire depuis les années 1990, parfois sans référence à l'autre...
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In an age in which the digital relationships between states and citizens are of increasingly vital importance, the informational architectures which facilitate such relationships become correspondingly critical. Such informational architectures and the related reorganization of state institutions are key to the nature of such relationships. As surv...
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This paper examines the changing 'style' of urban order in Japan through the example of mega events, drawing on the architectural critique of Taro Igarashi and the historical sociological analysis of Masachi Ohsawa. It argues that construction for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics was typical of a 'concrete aesthetic' that reflected a Japanese version of 'co...
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It is increasingly argued that contemporary capitalist nations have become ‘surveillance societies’ in which surveillance related activities are embedded as the core mode of organization, production and societal order (Lyon 1994, 2001, 2007). But what does it mean to live in a surveillance society and what economic, political and social relations a...
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As Anna Croon Fors and Mikael Wilberg (2010, this issue) remind us, we are used to think of ―Infor- mation and Communication Technologies‖ (ICT) and the ―City‖ as two distinct units of analysis. But how can we explain the impact of ICTs of our ways of living in and with the city, if the City never was about information?
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A real but typical case of identity fraud is used to open up the complex web of identification systems in Brazil. It is argued that identification has two poles related to the nature of citizenship—repression and inclusion—and that reactions from citizens to new identification schemes can be attributed to how they view the purpose of the cards in t...
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This article argues that surveillance is becoming increasingly normalised across Europe and that this is altering the landscape of liberty and security. It identifies this normalisation as a product of the globalisation of surveillance, the domestication of security, the desire of the European Union (EU) to create a distinct leading role in securit...
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The concept of the `surveillance society' has become a central part of the emerging transdisciplinary narrative of surveillance studies, and is now to be found as much in criminology as in many of the other domains upon which it draws. This piece takes on two key problems generated by contemporary use of the term `surveillance society'; those of it...
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Urban resilience assumes the persistence of the city. However, this notion that cities should persist or be resilient was by no means taken for granted in earlier times. The fact that cities could fall, could vanish entirely or be moved to be rebuilt elsewhere was an accepted notion in many parts of the pre-modern world. Partly this derives from a...
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For many years commentators have discussed the costs and benefits of urban authorities adopting counter-terrorism measures in the face of real or perceived terrorist threats; and we have shown, historically, how principles of fortress architecture and defensible space were used by the security forces to territorially control designated areas at thr...
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The threat of Cold War urban abandonment and apocalyptic ‘worst-case scenarios’ linked to nuclear annihilation provided an overarching rhetoric for post-war emergency planning in many advanced nations. The cities and nations-state of the modern period came under threat from successive crises (of empire, of finance, of social order) and ways had to...
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In Chapter 5 we highlighted how since the late 1960s an increased emphasis was given to issues of crime prevention, community safety and controlling risk, often in a territorial way, through the design of the built environment. We then argued that these principles during the 1970s and 1980s became more extreme and militarized, and were utilized in...
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The history of local emergency planning is in many ways a combination of social, political and cultural inertia tied to a series of questions raised by particular geo-political circumstances, and grounded in both historical context and the requirements of civil defence and protection at different points in time. In Chapter 4 we highlighted that the...
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In the last chapter we considered the vulnerability and obduracy of cities in the face of external natural hazards, war and disaster. In this chapter we look at the internal threats to the city. As we shall see, internal social and spatial control has always been present. However, several factors made the concentration on internal discipline even m...
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In this book we have examined the relationship between the vulnerability and resilience of the city, focusing on the UK national, regional and sub-regional governance architectures for civil contingencies and security that are developing in the Twenty-First Century. These were primarily developed in order to build up a consistent degree of resilien...
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The widespread reframing of risk, threat, disaster, hazard and the institutional responsibilities associated with new civil contingency legislation required a comprehensive redrafting of the roles and relationships of a number of Government tiers and agencies. It also required a redressing of the workloads, tasks and duties of key actors involved i...
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In the last chapter we highlighted the array of reform activities occurring in the provincial Core Cities to modernize resilience governance, encompassing different expertise and harnessing a range of approaches to contingency, threat, hazard and risk by multiple agencies and stakeholders. Much of this discussion has focused on multi-tier governanc...
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In recent years the concept of ‘resilience’ has become central to the discussion of shifting social and political histories and the framework of agents and agencies operating under the guise of national security and disaster mitigation. The use of ‘resilience’ as a conceptual metaphor in the language of such policy, and as an active rationale for t...
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In the previous two chapters we have examined the nature of both threats to cities and urban order and responses to those threats into the modern period. However, the nature of threat, external defences and the internal control of cities all changed remarkably during the Twentieth Century. Towards the end of the Nineteenth and beginning of the Twen...
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This chapter examines the so-called Gateshead ‘lockdown’ in England. It traces the background of this event through three linked and increasingly intertwined contextual threads: disaster preparedness, urban management through territorial defence, and surveillance. The chapter argues that urban policy is increasingly involved in staging the city in...
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This collection adds weight to an emerging argument that policies to make cities better are inextricably linked to an attempt to pacify and regulate crime and disorder. It provides discussions from a range of scholars examining policy connections that can be traced between social, urban and crime policy, and the wider processes of regeneration.
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This paper provides a critical introduction to the development of surveillance in the Japanese city. Adapting the analytical scheme of understanding, intensifying, automating, integrating, globalising and resisting surveillance, it considers whether the historical and contemporary development of Japanese urban surveillance fits the narrative of Wes...
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This article argues that contemporary security as a concept, practice and commodity is undergoing a rescaling, deterritorialisation and reterritorialisation, with previously international security concerns penetrating all levels of governance. Security is becoming more civic, urban, domestic and personal: security is coming home. In the context of...
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This is a detailed report which was specially commissioned for the 28th International Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners’ Conference and looks at surveillance in 2006 and projects forward ten years to 2016. It defines and provides a perspective on a surveillance society as one where technology is extensively and routinely used to track and r...
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The 2001 foot and mouth disease (FMD) epidemic in the United Kingdom resulted in the popularisation of the concept of biosecurity. At its most basic, biosecurity refers to simple cleansing and disinfecting, but during the FMD epidemic it became associated with a powerful system of surveillance. We characterise surveillance as a thing in itself, a m...
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This editorial surveys the growth of video surveillance or Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) throughout the world, setting the scene for this special double issue of Surveillance & Society, on the politics and practice of CCTV, and provides a brief introduction to the contents of the issue. © 2004 Surveillance & Society and the author(s). All rights...
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In this article, we seek to add to current debates about surveillance and society by critically exploring the social implications of a new and emerging raft of surveillance practices: those that specifically surround digital techniques and technologies. The article has four parts. In the first, we outline the nature of digital surveillance and cons...
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This editorial introduces the issue in the context of the progress of the Surveillance & Society project. It discusses the theme of this issue, the importance of Michel Foucault's work for Surveillance Studies, briefly summarises the contributions of the authors, and also considers what comes next .
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This editorial considers the issue of personal surveillance via Funder's Stasiland, the availability of surveillance services and technologies, and the culture of voyeurism in Japan, and introduces the articles in the 'People Watching People' issue. This editorial is probably somewhat more personal and less academic than usual. I think this is appr...
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This paper opens up for scrutiny the politics of algorithmic surveillance through an examination of Facial Recognition Systems (FRS's) in video surveillance, showing that seemingly mundane design decisions may have important political consequences that ought to be subject to scrutiny. It first focuses on the politics of technology and algorithmic s...
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In the climate of the US government’s ‘Terrorism Information Awareness’ (TIA) campaign,1 as pundits look forward to the increased reach of surveillance, this book has highlighted four important trends. First, an intensification of local and everyday surveillance, but with an emphasis on the problematic nature of grand-scale developments. Second, th...

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This 5 year, international and multidisciplinary team project aims to understand key aspects of the role and consequences of big data practices in relation to national security, marketing and urban governance. We work with privacy commissions on the legal and regulatory issues and civil liberties and human rights NGOs on pressuring government and corporate bodies to act accountably and openly.