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Dragon Hall Debates: Surveillance



Monday 25 November 2019, 7 - 9pm


Dragon Hall, Norwich

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All lectures, Normal, Dragon Hall Debates

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Monday 25 November, 7 - 9pm (doors 6.30pm)

Dragon Hall Debates: Surveillance

National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, 115-123 King Street, Norwich, NR1 1QE

From Facebook, to China, to the FBI and MI5, the ways in which we’re watched - and the question of who is watching us - seem to be omnipresent in the news cycle. What problems - and what good - are arising from this world of constant surveillance? In this debate, Chief Executive of Index on Censorship Jodie Ginsberg will explore the censoring effects of surveillance on the press, UEA’s Dr Joe Purshouse will challenge the legality of facial recognition technology and UEA’s Dr Kaeten Mistry will explore what happens after the proverbial whistle is blown.


Jodie Ginsberg is Chief Executive of Index on Censorship and a former journalist who is passionate about the power of words and the importance of debate. Prior to joining Index, Jodie worked as a foreign correspondent and business journalist and was UK Bureau Chief for Reuters news agency. She sits on the council of global free expression network IFEX and the board of the Trust for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and is a regular commentator in international media on freedom of expression issues.

Dr Kaeten Mistry is a senior lecturer in American studies in the School of Art, Media and American Studies. Karten specialises in US history, especially the way that American state and private actors have been involved in foreign affairs during the twentieth century. Currently, he is leading the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded research project ‘Blowing the Whistle: The Hidden History of Whistleblowing and the Rise of the U.S. National Security State’, exploring the long history of national security whistleblowing in the United States and its impact around the world.

Dr Joe Purshouse is a lecturer in criminal law in the School of Law. His research focuses on the protection of human rights for those subject to a criminal process under English law. He has recently published research analysing the police’s use of facial recognition technology as a surveillance method, and whether this use is lawful or operates in a legal vacuum. Joe has published in leading law journals, including the Modern Law Review, Criminal Law Review, and Cambridge Law Journal.

The Dragon Hall Debates - presented by UEA and the National Centre for Writing - tackle the biggest questions in science, culture and politics. Come along and hear from the panel, then join the conversation and have your say. All are welcome, and no prior knowledge is needed.

Entry is free, but tickets must be booked online via the National Centre for Writing website or by calling 01603 877177.