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David Lyon

Director of Surveillance Project, Research Chair in Sociology at Queen’s University (Kingston)
David Lyon is a writer on social issues, Director of the Surveillance Project and Queen’s Research Chair in Sociology at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario (since 1991).

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland and raised mainly in Bristol, England, he completed his Social Science and History education in Bradford, Yorkshire (BSc Soc Sci, PhD). He has authored or edited sixteen books and published many articles. They have been translated into thirteen languages. The most recent books are Surveillance after September 11 (Polity 2003), Surveillance as Social Sorting: Privacy, Risk, and Digital Discrimination (editor, Routledge 2003), Surveillance Society: Monitoring Everyday Life (Open University Press, 2001).

He is on the international editorial boards of The Information Sociology; International Political Sociology; The American Behavioral Scientist; Cultural Politics; Information, Communication, and Society; Science and Christian Belief; Information Technology, Education, and Society; Information, Communication, and Ethics in Society and is the North American editor of Surveillance and Society.

He has held visiting positions at the Universities of Auckland, Edinburgh, Melbourne, Leeds, Tokyo, and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore. He has given lectures and talks in more than twenty countries.

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