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Windows of the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology

Monday, 17 February, 2014 - 16:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Faculty: Law and Criminology
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Building D, room D0.03
LSTS & CRiS, Faculty of Law and Criminology
02/629 26 44
evenementen.rc@vub.ac.be
https://www.vub.be/RC
Lecture

by Gary T. MARX
Professor Emeritus of sociology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Visiting Professor at the VUB

In his lecture from his forthcoming book Professor Marx will illustrate how and why surveillance is neither good nor bad, but context and comportment make it so. The emphasis is on a conceptual framework dealing with structures, processes, cultural meanings and experiences that can accommodate and help explain the variation in surveillance tools – such as video, biometry, sensors, RFID chips, GPS, social media and big data sets. Gary T. Marx’ goals are normative, as well as social scientific, as he seeks frameworks for judging and evaluating public policy.

Mushrooms do well in the dark, but so does injustice. Sunlight may bring needed accountability through visibility, but it can also blind and burn and unlevel playing fields.

Respondent: Prof. Paul DE HERT (Professor of Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Free entrance, no registration needed.