Professor Simon Davies to Teach a Course on Surveillance, Privacy and Social Identities in Fall 2014


Davies at podium

John Cabot University is pleased to announce that Professor Simon Davies will be teaching a course on Surveillance, Privacy and Social Identities at John Cabot University this fall.

The founder of watchdog group Privacy International with over 25 years of experience in the field, Davies is considered one of the world’s most influential experts on Internet privacy and data protection. He has led campaigns and research initiatives worldwide and is often described as the world’s most frequently quoted privacy advocate. Privacy International has been a key player in nearly all spheres of privacy for the last two decades, exposing secret machinations of corporations, governments, and spy agencies.

Earlier this year, Professor Davies gave two lectures at John Cabot on his work with Privacy International to expose government and corporate threats to personal privacy.

This fall on Mondays from 6 to 8:45 p.m., Davies will be teaching CMS/BUS 385: Surveillance, Privacy and Social Identities: Practices and Representations

. Open to current undergraduates of advanced standing and professionals who wish to expand their knowledge in the area, this dual Business and Media Studies course will provide an in-depth analysis of the technical, social, cultural and political contexts and the implications of increasingly ubiquitous surveillance practices.

The course will allow students to analyze the deployment and implementation of specific surveillance practices within mediated digital environments and the other spaces of everyday life. Students will focus on the ways in which these practices circulate within the spaces of culture, cut through specific social formations, and are disseminated through the global mediascape. Particular attention will be placed on the ways in which the concept and procedures of surveillance are imagined, represented, and contained in popular culture.

Also an academic, consultant, journalist and author, Davies has been a visiting Fellow in Law at the University of Greenwich and the University of Essex, a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at George Washington University, co-director of the LSE’s Policy Engagement Network, and Associate Director of LSE Enterprise. He has advised a wide variety of government, corporate, and professional organizations in over fifty countries and served as an Expert Advisor to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He has received much acclaim for his accomplishments in the field, including Electronic Frontier Foundation’s “Pioneer” award and recognition as one of’s 50 most influential people in technology policy, and is currently a Fellow of the British Computer Society.

External candidates are encouraged to contact [email protected] for more information on taking the course this fall.

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