Corporate Surveillance

The Issue

While discussion of surveillance traditionally focuses on governments, the most pervasive surveillance of individuals is by corporations, made possible by new technologies and corporate business practices. These are largely invisible to those whose data are collected. The purpose is to predict and modify human behaviour to produce revenue and market dominance. The data are often used for other purposes, including aiding state surveillance.

Why It Matters

Pervasive surveillance of every aspect of our lives challenges long-standing social norms of privacy and individual rights and gives enormous power to those organizations able to make everyday lives transparent to themselves while rendering their own practices increasingly invisible to those whose data they are appropriating. At the same time, individuals become increasingly reliant on the new information and communication tools for social participation, thereby increasing their transparency and dependency. 

Our Work

The Centre for Free Expression facilitates public discussion and research on corporate surveillance, its impacts, the implications for democratic practice and individual rights, and the alternatives.

Resources

Podcast

In the Golden Age of Surveillance, Can Privacy Laws Save Us?

#8 in CFE Series: Taming Big Tech: Exploring the Alternatives

Tamir Israel In conversation with Andrew Clement

Podcast

How to re-claim digital platforms for democracy in Canada

#7 in CFE Series: Taming Big Tech: Exploring the Alternatives

Wendy Chun In conversation with Andrew Clement

Podcast

Governing Big Tech in Canada

#4 in CFE Series: Taming Big Tech: Exploring the Alternatives

Taylor Owen - In Conversation with Andrew Clement​

Podcast

Take Control of Algorithms, Data, and Infrastructure

#2 in CFE Series: Taming Big Tech: Exploring the Alternatives

Meredith Whittaker​ - In Conversation with Andrew Clement

Podcast

How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism: Seize the Means of Computation

#1 in CFE Series: Taming Big Tech: Exploring the Alternatives

Cory Doctorow - In Conversation with Andrew Clement​