The DCSS Project

The ESRC funded project “Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society” (2014-16) explored the nature, opportunities and challenges of digital citizenship in light of the governmental surveillance measures revealed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden. The project analysed four central themes: policy, technology, civil society, and news media.The project was hosted at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC) at Cardiff University. The project investigators were: Dr Arne Hintz (Cardiff University), Dr Lina Dencik (Cardiff University), Prof Karin Wahl-Jorgensen (Cardiff University), Prof Ian Brown (Oxford University), Dr Michael Rogers (Technical University Delft).


Civil Society

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
Working Paper – UK Public Opinion Review
Working Paper – Public 


Journal article – The Normalization of Surveillance and the Invisibility of Digital Citizenship: Media Debates After the Snowden Revelations. International Journal of Communication
Journal article – Explicit terror prevention versus vague civil liberty: how the UK broadcasting news (de)legitimatise online mass surveillance since Edward Snowden’s revelations. Information, Communication & Society
Discussion Paper – Surveillance discourse in UK broadcasting


Journal article – Enabling Digital Citizenship? The Reshaping of Surveillance Policy After Snowden. International Journal of Communication
Journal article – The politics of surveillance policy: UK regulatory dynamics after Snowden. Internet Policy Review
Blog post – Expanding state power in times of ‘surveillance realism’: how the UK got a ‘world-leading’ surveillance law. Open Democracy
Database – Actors involved in surveillance policies, Laws/Rules which govern UK surveillance, Powers granted by legislation


Journal article – The Snowden Disclosures, Technical Standards, and the Making of Surveillance Infrastructures. International Journal of Communication
Database – Counter-Surveillance privacy tools, their capabilities and vulnerabilities, Surveillance Programmes and their capabilities

Workshops and conferences

Closing Workshop (27 June 2016): Announcement / Videos (Key Findings, Post-Workshop Reflections)
Conference “Surveillance and Citizenship” (18/19 June 2015): Overview / Programme / Pictures / Storify / Videos
Speaking at re:publica 2016: Lina Dencik, Arne Hintz: Digital Citizenship in an Age of Mass Surveillance
Speaking at CCC 2015: Arne Hintz, Lina Dencik: Media Coverage and the Public in the Surveillance Society


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