Civil Society

Research questions

a. What is the nature of public knowledge with regards to digital surveillance and how are everyday digital communication practices changing?
b. What practices and agendas of online and digital activism are being developed in response to the Snowden leaks?

Research methods

The project 1) generated and collected data on public knowledge within the UK regarding online surveillance from both ordinary citizens and political activists; and 2) reviewed and analysed responses to online surveillance amongst civil society groups and non-digital activists with regards to communication practices.

Lead investigator

Dr Lina Dencik (Cardiff University)

Research outputs

Journal article – The Advent of Surveillance Realism: Public Opinion and Activist Responses to the Snowden Leaks. International Journal of Communication
Journal article – Towards Data Justice? The ambiguity of anti-surveillance resistance in political activism. Big Data & Society

Blog post – Expanding state power in times of ‘surveillance realism’: how the UK got a ‘world-leading’ surveillance law. Open Democracy

Working Paper – UK Public Opinion Review – An overview of public opinion polls since the Edward Snowden revelations in June 2013

Working Paper – Public 
Feeling
 on 
Privacy,
 Security
 and 
Surveillance: A
 Report 
by 
DATA‐PSST
 and
 DCSS