Michel Laguerre, Professor

Closed (1) Digital Surveillance of American Neighborhoods

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

This research project proposes to unveil the deployment of digital surveillance at the neighborhood level with a focus on the Silicon Valley-San Francisco Metropolitan Area. It surveys different types of digital surveillance practices and engages in interviewing practitioners in various settings, such as supermarkets, public streets, private firms, public agencies, and the police.

The focus of this study on urban American neighborhoods provides social contexts to understand how digital surveillance operates at the local level, how information technologies are the instruments through which it materializes, and how the intersectionality of globalization, digitalization, and city life generates and produces the ecosystem infrastructure that sustains the deployment of the monitoring of global metropolitan neighborhoods.


Qualifications: Social sciences background

Weekly Hours: 9-11 hrs
Weekly meetings via zoom
Email applications to bcgit@berkeley.edu or call 510-642-5992.

Five students will be recruited to actively participate in this project. Each student/researcher will devote 10 hours per week to the project. The research consists of preparing thematic digital bibliographies, transcribing interviews, identifying potential informants, special topical assignments, and attending weekly team meetings.


Qualifications: Applicants should be at the junior or senior level.

Weekly Hours: 9-11 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: in-person