At the beginning of my academic career, I recognized that the advent of the so-called information society was having a profound and widespread impact on personal privacy. Our activities, movements, and behaviors are more transparent than ever before to an increasing number of individuals and organizations. So what does this mean, how has it happened, and what have individuals, organizations, and states tried to do about it? Those are the questions that have motivated my research for over 30 years at the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria.
These are inherently political questions, rather than just legal and technological ones, because they relate to issues of power. They lead me into the various fields of political science, including comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and public policy analysis. They are also inherently interdisciplinary and oblige me to consider ideas and literature that stem from other areas of the social sciences and humanities. (Read More)