Hello everyone,


I just wanted to remind you of the invitation to submit proposals for short (~2000-word) papers for an upcoming Dialogue section of Surveillance & Society on the topic of "The Current State of Sousveillance/Inverse Surveillance in 2020." See the call below. The deadline is the 15th (this coming Sunday).





From: Bryce Newell
Sent: Monday, August 19, 2019 11:14 AM
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Subject: Seeking Dialogue submissions for Surveillance & Society: Sousveillance/Inverse Surveillance


Dear Colleagues,


As the Dialogue Editor of Surveillance & Society, I invite expressions of interest to write short (~2000-word) papers for an upcoming Dialogue section of the journal on the topic of "The Current State of Sousveillance/Inverse Surveillance in 2020."


The big-picture question we are seeking to examine is: Looking back in 2020 (when the issue will be published), has sousveillance served a liberating purpose? or has it simply become another surveillance tool (or data source) for governments and/or corporations, maintaining the very structures of power it was designed to overcome? Specifically, I am looking for short contributions that answer this question and, in the process, also critically examine some combination of the following three issues:

  1. Whether the long-touted social, political, and/or democratic benefits of sousveillance have been realized in practice (and, if so, how; if not, how has it fallen short?);
  2. What sousveillance looks like in 2020, and how it may have changed over the past decades; and
  3. What place sousveillance should play in the context of our current social and political time (e.g., in 2020) and into the future.

In essence, I am hoping for a discussion and debate on issues raised by Mann, Nolan, and Wellman in their 2003 S&S article, in which they proposed both liberation from and acquiescence to dominant power structures as possible outcomes of sousveillance practice:

"The social aspect of self-empowerment suggests that sousveillance is an act of liberation, of staking our public territory, and a leveling of the surveillance playing field. Yet, the ubiquitous total surveillance that sousveillance now affords is an ultimate act of acquiescence on the part of the individual. Universal surveillance/sousveillance may, in the end, only serve the ends of the existing dominant power structure. Universal sur/sousveillance may support the power structures by fostering broad accessibility of monitoring and ubiquitous data collection. Or as William Gibson comments in the feature length motion picture film CYBERMAN ('You're surveilling the surveillance. And if everyone were surveilling the surveillance, the surveillance would be neutralized. It would be unnecessary.'” (Mann, Nolan, and Wellman, Surveillance & Society 1(3), 2003: 347)

If you are interested in proposing a short paper for inclusion in this discussion, which will include a mix of invited and proposed papers, please send the following to me on or before the end of day on Sept. 15, 2019 (to [log in to unmask]):

Please note that Dialogue pieces are not refereed, but are subject to editorial review and, if (tentatively) accepted, possible requests for revision.


I look forward to reading your proposals.






Bryce Clayton Newell, PhD, JD

Assistant Professor of Media Law and Policy

School of Journalism and Communication

University of Oregon


Dialogue Editor, Surveillance & Society

Research Associate, Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT), Tilburg University


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