Dragon Hall Debates: Surveillance
Are we being watched? From Facebook, to China, to the FBI and MI5, the ways in which we’re watched – and the question of who is watching us – seem to be omnipresent in the news cycle. What problems – and what benefits – can be found in this world of constant surveillance? In this debate, Chief Executive of Index on Censorship Jodie Ginsberg will explore the censoring effects of surveillance on the press, UEA’s Dr Joe Purshouse will challenge the legality of facial recognition technology and UEA’s Dr Kaeten Mistry will explore what happens after the proverbial whistle is blown.
Doors open for all events at 6.30 for a 7pm start.
Suitable for ages 16+.
Jodie Ginsberg is Chief Executive of Index on Censorship and a former journalist who is passionate about the power of words and the importance of debate. Prior to joining Index, Jodie worked as a foreign correspondent and business journalist and was UK Bureau Chief for Reuters news agency. She sits on the council of global free expression network IFEX and the board of the Trust for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and is a regular commentator in international media on freedom of expression issues.
Dr Kaeten Mistry is a senior lecturer in American studies at the University of East Anglia Kaeten specialises in US history, especially the way that American state and private actors have been involved in foreign affairs during the twentieth century. Currently, he is leading the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded research project ‘Blowing the Whistle: The Hidden History of Whistleblowing and the Rise of the U.S. National Security State’, exploring the long history of national security whistleblowing in the United States and its impact around the world.
Dr Joe Purshouse is a lecturer in criminal law at the University of East Anglia. His research focuses on the protection of human rights for those subject to a criminal process under English law. He has recently published research analysing the police’s use of facial recognition technology as a surveillance method, and whether this use is lawful or operates in a legal vacuum. Joe has published in leading law journals, including the Modern Law Review, Criminal Law Review, and Cambridge Law Journal.
The free Dragon Hall Debates series, presented jointly by the University of East Anglia and the National Centre for Writing, tackles a range of topical scientific, cultural and political issues, drawing on the expertise of UEA academics as well as guest thinkers, writers and commentators. Come along and hear from the panel, then join the conversation and have your say. All are welcome.