Imagined Surveillance Across Social Media Platforms

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Drawing on in-depth interviews with college-aged youth, Brooke Erin Duffy and I introduced the concept of “imagined surveillance” to describe how emerging adults might anticipate the imagined gaze of various social institutions, including family, educators, and (future) employers. Such imaginaries of surveillance, in turn, guided participants’ exposure to and engagement with surveillance activities across social media platforms. This project reflected on the wider implications of a surveillance culture across an expansive social media ecology.

Collaborator: Brooke Erin Duffy


Research from this project was also presented at the 2018 ICA Annual Conference.

Ngai Keung Chan
Ph.D. Candidate in Communication

I’m a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at Cornell University. Currently, I study how algorithms and performance metrics transform and shape labor control and resistance in the digitally-enabled gig economy.