Research results published in IJoC: Special Section on Digital Citizenship & Surveillance

The International Journal of Communication has published a Special Section on “Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society”. The Section includes articles from the project research teams in which they summarize and discuss their research results. It also includes contributions by renowned scholars and prominent activists who elaborate on key issues regarding surveillance, digital citizenship, and the Snowden revelations.

The Special Section is part of Volume 11 of the journal and can be found here:


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Reviewing the IP Bill development process – new blog post in Open Democracy

As 2016 draws to a close, DCSS project members Arne Hintz and Lina Dencik look back at the recently adopted Investigatory Powers Act and explain how this new surveillance law came about. They draw from DCSS research results on how different stakeholders viewed the new law, how the media reported on surveillance and how the public viewed omnipresent data collection.

Expanding state power in times of ‘surveillance realism’: how the UK got a ‘world-leading’ surveillance law

Journal articles on surveillance policy, media coverage and data justice

As the project team is preparing two special issues in the journals International Journal of Communication and Digital Journalism, a few articles that draw from project results on surveillance policy, digital rights activism and journalism have appeared in other journals. They include:

Towards Data Justice? The ambiguity of anti-surveillance resistance in political activism. Big Data & Society.

The politics of surveillance policy: UK regulatory dynamics after Snowden. Internet Policy Review.

Explicit terror prevention versus vague civil liberty: how the UK broadcasting news (de)legitimatise online mass surveillance since Edward Snowden’s revelations. Information, Communication & Society.

Final Workshop – 27 June 2016

For the past 18-months the research project ‘Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society: UK State-Media-Citizen Relations After the Snowden Leaks’ has investigated the consequences of the Snowden revelations. We will hold a workshop in London on Monday 27th June to present findings of our research and discuss their implications.


Schedule (DCSS Final Event Programme PDF):

1pm Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society: Presentation of project findings Lecture Theatre
2pm Coffee break
2:30-3:30pm Workshops Part I
Journalism and news media: Covering surveillance Lecture Theatre
Civil society: Implications of surveillance for social justice Manufacturing Room
3:45-4:45pm Workshops Part II
Technology: Privacy tools and standards development Lecture Theatre
Policy reform: The Investigatory Powers Bill and beyond Manufacturing Room
5-5:30pm Closing Session Lecture Theatre

The event will bring together scholars, activists, technologists, policymakers, and other experts. It will continue the productive debates from last year’s conference ‘Surveillance and Citizenship‘, and it will serve to discuss future steps and projects regarding research, policy reform, technological development, etc.

The workshop will take place at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, One Birdcage Walk in London (Westminster). More information on the venue and how to get to there can be found here.

Participation is free of charge but registration is mandatory. Please register on Eventbrite.

DCSS project panel at Surveillance & Society Conference

Members of the project team are currently at the 7th Surveillance & Society conference in Barcelona and will hold a panel to present the project results on Saturday 23 April.

The panel will include presentations on each of the four research streams and discuss findings by each research group:

Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society: State-Media-Citizen Relations After the Snowden Leaks
SSN2016 Conference, Saturday 23 April, 9am, room 404

The Normalisation of Surveillance in Media Coverage: Newspaper and Blog Discourses After Snowden
Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

The Advent of Surveillance Realism: Public Opinion and Activist Responses to the Snowden Leaks
Lina Dencik

The Snowden Disclosures, Technical Standards and the Making of Surveillance Infrastructures
Grace Eden

Enabling Digital Citizenship? The Reshaping of Surveillance Policy After Snowden
Arne Hintz