State Surveillance

The Issue

Documents released by Edward Snowden have revealed a degree of state surveillance that exceeds almost everyone’s worst fears.  What is unknown are the full effects pervasive surveillance is having on individual action and decision-making and the viability of our democratic institutions.

Why It Matters

Intellectual privacy is essential for free expression. It is the privacy that shields us from surveillance as we generate and explore ideas, discuss them with confidants, and prepare to express our thoughts and engage in action in our everyday lives and in the public domain.

Our Work

The Centre for Free Expression explores the extent, nature and effects of surveillance. Our focus is to create greater public awareness and understanding of these issues and to promote discussion of laws, policies and practices that ensure democratic and human rights are not compromised

Resources

Upcoming Event

Countering Islamophobia in Canada: After 20 Years of the "War on Terror"

Azeezah Kanji - In Conversation with Tim McSorley

Past Event

Take Control of Algorithms, Data, and Infrastructure

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

Meredith Whittaker​ - In Conversation with Andrew Clement​

Past Event

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​

Past Event

Facial Recognition: A pathway or threat to our future

Panelists: Brenda McPhail, Tamir Israel, Jacob Schroeder

Moderator: Bernie Lucht

Past Event

Protecting Privacy in the Digital Age

Panelists: David Hutton, Mariette Pilon, Teresa Scassa

Moderator: Brenda McPhail