Making Surveillance Public: Why You Should Be More Woke About AI and Algorithms

Event date
15 February 2024
Event time
15:30 - 17:00
Oxford week
HT 5
Wharton Room - All Souls College (and online)

Marc Schuilenburg, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Notes & Changes

Please note that this event will be recorded, if you do not wish to be part of the recording, please feel free to turn your cameras off once the talk begins. The talk will be made available on the Criminology website and YouTube channel at a later date. 


Registration closes at midday on Wednesday 14th February. The Teams link will be sent to you that afternoon.


What are the new questions raised by AI and algorithms for the prevention and detection of crime? How can algoracism be identified, and what should we think of emotive temptation by means of AI? In his talk, Marc Schuilenburg distances himself from a line of thought about AI in which the presumed technical and economic advantages prevail and sociological aspects such as ‘power’, ‘knowledge’ and ‘experiences’ remain underexposed. He introduces the concept ‘algorithmic psychopower’ and shows how processes of segregation and territorial stigmatisation are creeping back in via digital surveillance methods. He concludes with the issue of how criminological research can contribute to further thinking through and developing AI’s role in security.


Marc Schuilenburg

Marc Schuilenburg is Professor of Digital Surveillance at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Marc is the author of Making Surveillance Public: Why You Should Be More Woke About AI and Algorithms (2024). Schuilenburg’s other works available in English include Hysteria, The Securitization of Society and Mediapolis. He has edited eight books, including The Algorithmic Society and Positive Criminology. See:

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