Conference Programme

Here is the final line up for the conference. See also the full conference brochure and programme overview:

Surveillance and Citizenship: State-Media-Citizen Relations after the Snowden Leaks, Cardiff University, 18-19 June 2015

Thursday, June 18th
8:30-9:30 Arrival and registration
9:30-9:45 Welcome and opening: Simon Cottle (Head of School, JOMEC, Cardiff University), Arne Hintz (DCSS project, Cardiff University)
9:45-10:15 Keynote: Ben Wizner (ACLU, Lawyer of Edward Snowden)
10:15-11:15 Plenary 1: State-Media-Citizen Relations in the Surveillance Society

Kirstie Ball (Open University), James Ball (The Guardian), Tony Bunyan (Statewatch)

11:15-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-1 Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society: Project Presentation

Chair: Arne Hintz

Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Lucy Bennett (Cardiff University)

Civil Society
Lina Dencik, Jonathan Cable (Cardiff University)

Ian Brown, Josh Cowls (Oxford University)

Michael Rogers (Technical University Delft), Grace Eden (Cardiff University)

(Anti-)Surveillance Policies and Privacy Protection

Chair: Evan Light

Illusions of Symmetry? EU Privacy Rights vs US Privacy Rights for EU Citizens
Gloria Gonzalez Fuster (Vrije Universiteit Brussels)

Meaningless Consent as a Backdoor to Surveillance
Morana Miljanovic (Hertie School of Governance)

Social Media User’s Awareness of Privacy Policies and Privacy Laws
Katherine Sarikakis, Lisa Winter (University of Vienna)

The Link Between Inequality and Domestic Surveillance
Sarah Harney (Carleton University): Turning the Lens Inward

Information Security for Journalists and Activists

Workshop by Arjen Kamphuis (Centre for Investigative Journalism)


1:00-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:30 Journalism and Media Representation

Chair: Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

Journalism After Snowden
Jennifer R. Henrichsen (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press)

Post-Snowden Surveillance Journalism in Scandinavia
Christel Backman, Erica Johnson (Linkoping University), Ann Rudinow Saetnan, Gunhild Toendel (Norwegian Institute for Science and Technology), Ola Svenonius (Soedertoern University), Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson (Stockholm School of Theology)

‘Not Interesting Enough to be Followed by the NSA’: A Frame Analysis of the Dutch Public Debate About the NSA Revelations in 2013
Anouk Mols (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Resetting the Agenda? NSA Coverage in Traditional and New Online Media
Mario Haim (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich)

Behind the Lines: Press Freedom and the Security State
Justin Schlosberg (Birkbeck College), Edmund J. Safra (Harvard University)

Global Perspectives on Surveillance, Security and Communication Policy

Chair: Ian Brown

Canada post-Snowden: Canadian Surveillance and the C-51 Anti-Terrorism Act
Andrew Clement (University of Toronto)

Data Retention & National Security: The Australian Debate in a Global Context
David Lindsay (Monash University)

The Price of the Club: Surveillance, Security and Contested Citizenship in Contemporary New Zealand
Kathleen Kuehn (Victoria University Wellington)

Snowden Era Challenges: The Story of Surveillance in Pakistan
Shahzad Ahmad, Furhan Hussain (Bytes for All)

Public Perception of Online Surveillance and Censorship in Pakistan
Arzak Khan (Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan), Laura Schwarz-Henderson (University of Pennsylvania)

Creating Usable and Secure Software

Chair: Michael Rogers

Roundtable discussion with:

Dave Hrycyszyn (Head London)

Lola Oyelalo (Head London)

George Danezis (UCL)

Blaine Cook (



3:30-4 Coffee break
4-5:30 The PRISM of NSA: Security, Privacy and Journalism in the Global Debate on the Snowden Affair

Chair: Risto Kunelius

The Prism of NSA. Security, privacy and journalism in the global debate on the Snowden affair
Risto Kunelius & Heikki Heikkilä (University of Tampere)

Covering the Snowden revelations: hybrid news environments and expanding spheres of legitimate debate
Adrienne Russell (University of Denver)

Anonymous politicians and autonomous journalism? A discussion of journalist ideals as revealed by the “Snowden affair”
Elisabeth Eide (Olso & Akerhus University College)

Politicizing media technologies? Framing ‘technology’ within the German NSA case press coverage
Anne Mollen and Johanna Möller (University of Bremen)

The role and strategy of media diplomacy in the Snowden event: An empirical research based on four newspapers in China
Haiyan Wang &  Ruolin Fang (School of Communication and Design, Sun Yat-Sen University, China)

Digital Rights, Activism and Advocacy

Chair: Lina Dencik

Perspectives on the Relative Importance of the Snowden Leaks from Human Rights Defenders and Activists outside the US and Europe
Becky Kazansky (Tactical Tech)

Ethics and Rights in Cybersecurity: New sociopolitical formations and their influence
Athina Karatzogianni (University of Leicester)

Off the Radar: Understanding Privacy, Activism and Threat in Civil Society and the State
Lee Salter (Sussex University) and Einar Thorsen (Bournemouth University)

Framing Resistance Against Surveillance – Political Communication of Privacy Advocacy Groups in the ‘Stop Watching Us’- and ‘The Day We Fight Back’- Campaigns
Till Waescher (Technical University Dortmund)

From lessons of love to crypto wars: Contemporary dissent to state surveillance
Patricia de Vries (Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences)


Technology for Secure Communication and Counter-surveillance: Lightning Talks

Chair: Michael Rogers

Presentations of projects, tools and platforms, including: LEAP, Pixelated, Briar, IXmaps, SurveillanceWatch, and others



5:30-6:30 The Politics of Investigating the Innocent

Workshop by Gavin MacFadyen (Centre for Investigative Journalism)

Snowden Files For All?

Workshop with Morana Miljanovic (Hertie School of Governance) and Andrew Clement (University of Toronto)

Fighting Mass Surveillance in Europe and Beyond: the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) Directive

Workshop by Estelle Masse (Access)

Friday, June 19th
9:30-10 Code Red: Annie Machon (MI5 whistleblower)
10-11 Plenary 2: Policy, Technology, and the User in the Surveillance Society

Mark Andrejevic (Ponoma College), Gus Hosein (Privacy International), Seda Gürses (New York University)

11-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-1 Dimensions of Digital Citizenship: Concepts and Challenges

Chair: Arne Hintz

Debating and Assessing Transparency Arrangements: Privacy, Security, Surveillance, Trust: Evaluating Perspectives on Surveillance in the Post-Snowden Leak Era – Vian Bakir, Andrew McStay (Bangor University)

Jus Algoritmi: How the NSA Remade Citizenship
John Cheney-Lippold (University of Michigan)

The Privacy Parenthesis: Citizenship in Late Capitalism and the Digital World
Leighton Evans (Maynooth University)

The EULA-fication of the Social World
Bryan Sacks (Rutgers University)

Strategies for Change and the Politics of Digital Rights

Chair: Lina Dencik

Telecoms are not our enemies and other post-capital fairytales: New strategies for activism and analysis
Evan Light (Concordia University)

The Process of Dividuation and the Nebula of Anonymity
Oliver Leistert (University of Paderborn)

Revisiting Transparency Reports as a Tool for Transparency and Accountability
Eleni Kosta (Tilburg University)

Surveillance Aesthetics: The Politics of Televisualizing Urban Data
Anne Kustritz (University of Amsterdam)

Fear ART: If we call activism by any other name, is it still art?
Freyja Vandenboom (KU Leuven)



Reforming Surveillance Policy after the UK General Election

Workshop with Gus Hosein (Privacy International), Ed Paton-Williams (Open Rights Group), Chris Marsden (Sussex University), Ian Brown (Oxford University)

1-2 Lunch
2-3:30 Public Attitudes, Perception and Everyday Surveillance

Chair: Jonathan Cable

The Importance of the Sociopolitical Context and Ideology in Explaining Citizens’ Attitudes Towards Digital Surveillance and Citizenship
Dimitris Tsapogas (University of Vienna)

Do We Really Care? Trust, Democracy and Attitudes Towards Sharing Personal Data and Online Surveillance in Cross National Perspective
Anja Franczak (Polish Academy of Sciences)

Exploring Subjective Experience of Everyday Surveillance: The Case of Smartphone Devices as Means of Facilitating ‘Seductive’ Surveillance
Pinelopi Troullinou (Open University)

Militarization, Surveillance and Everyday Life: How the ‘War on Terror’  and Digital Media are Redefining Democracy
Victoria Bernal (University of California)

Structural Surveillance: Its History, Means and Effects – Jeffrey L. Vagle (University of Pennsylvania)

Exploring Intersections: Surveillance between Technology, Policy and Politics

Chair: Grace Eden

Techno-Politics as Network(ed) Struggles – Laura Fichtner (University of Twente): Scientia est Potentia

Examining OSINT: A Positive Vision for Government Surveillance
Matthew Edwards (Lancaster University)

Safety over Liberty: CALEA, Net Neutrality and the FCC’s Double-Standard for U.S. Broadband Reclassification
Christopher Terry (UW-Milwaukee)

Legislational and Technological Options for a Democracy-Preserving Internet
Carlo von Lynx (

Mass Surveillance and the Lost Art of Keeping a Secret
Theo Tryfonas (University of Bristol), Tom Crick (Cardiff Metropolitan University)


Disrupting the Surveillance Ecosystem

Workshop on anti-surveillance activism by Estelle Masse (Access), with Becky Kazansky (Tactical Tech), Ed Paton-Williams (Open Rights Group) and others.


3:30-4:30 Investigating Surveillance: The German Parliamentary Inquiry on the Work of Security Agencies

Anne Roth (Parliamentary Inquiry on Mass Surveillance at the German Bundestag)

Digital Footprint Analysis: A Data Privacy Workshop

Kathleen Kuehn (Victoria University of Wellington)

Implementing the International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance

Workshop with Estelle Masse (Access) and others

4:30-5 Closing Plenary: What next for digital citizenship and surveillance?
Throughout the 2 days of the conference: “HUSH” – Usability and Security Hackathon

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