April 7, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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Speaker: Professor Charles Raab
Talk: Surveillance, Social Values and Human Rights
Charles Raab is Professor of Government in the University of Edinburgh, and a co-Director of CRISP (Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy). His research includes policy and regulatory issues, including privacy, data protection, surveillance, police co-operation, identity management, data sharing and e-government. He has published widely and in 2009 was Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee for an Inquiry resulting in a HL Paper 18, Surveillance: Citizens and the State.
Citizens and the State
This talk will focus upon contemporary surveillance and the challenges it poses to a range of social values and human rights, including privacy and various freedoms (e.g., association, speech, assembly). It will look at technical means of surveillance and the commercial and political impulses that use them, and at the protections currently afforded against adverse effects on societies, groups and individuals. It will comment upon the adequacy of these protections and on the use of the language of ‘security’ to override their use. The talk aims to inform and to stimulate debate and discussion.
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