November 18, 1:10pm: Karen Levy and Jessa Lingel, “Electronic Surveillance and Resistance”

This mini-panel features two brief talks on electronic surveillance and resistance among very different populations: prisoners and long distance truck drivers. The presentations will be followed by Q & A and discussion.


  • Jessa Lingel, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University
  • Karen Levy, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology, Princeton University

Time: Monday, November 18, 1:10-2:30pm

Location: Room 1631, Hunter West, Hunter College, 695 Park Ave., New York, NY 10065


Jessa Lingel, “Tactics for Resisting Technological Surveillance”

In light of the disclosures about government surveillance, it’s become increasingly critical to consider possibilities for resisting surveillance that is structural and to a large extent invisible.  Disclosures about the NSA confirm that surveillance is constant and wide reaching, and particularly given how undetectable mechanisms of surveillance are, it is difficult to imagine technological alternatives that would ensure privacy – of cell phone use, of search engine use, of emailing.  Of course, there are populations that have vast experience with precisely this degree of surveillance and monitoring – the incarcerated.  In this talk, I’ll be presenting early-stage work on two forms of resistance (construed broadly) that have surfaced in prisons – hunger strikes and viral dance videos. Rather than concentrating on avoiding surveillance (likely an impossible goal), I’m interested in thinking about resisting or displaying dissent in the context of massive technological surveillance.

Karen Levy, “Beating the Box: Truck Drivers and Resistance to Techno-Legal Monitoring.”

Abstract TBA


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