The 2013 SSN Annual Book Prize, for the best surveillance studies monograph published in 2012, has been awarded to Dr Daniel Trottier for ‘Social Media as Surveillance‘ (Ashgate, 2012).
According to this year’s judges:
“In reaching their decision, the judges noted that ‘Social Media as Surveillance’ stands as a challenge to many commonly-held assumptions about privacy in an age of social media, and that it is likely to appeal to a wide audience outside of surveillance studies. The judges were also impressed by the author’s success in eliciting valuable information from his interviewees, and the insights provided by his empirical data more generally. It is clearly a work that shed substantial light on a much talked about but under-researched topic.
“The shortlist this year was:
- Thomas Allmer, Towards a Critical Theory of Surveillance in Informational Capitalism (Peter Lang)
- David Barnard-Wills, Surveillance and Identity (Ashgate)
- Julie Cohen, Configuring the Networked Self (Yale)
- Sebastien Lefait, Surveillance on Screen (Scarecrow / Rowman & Littlefield)
- Daniel Trottier, Social Media as Surveillance (Ashgate)
Congratulations to them all, and particularly to Dr Trottier.