Surveillance Capitalism

Thursday, February 22, 2024 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM EST (UTC–05:00)
Public Event: Signature Lecture (Hybrid)

Join us for an urgent discussion on “surveillance capitalism,” its threat to our information civilization, and how its trajectory undermines democratic norms and the centuries-long evolution of market capitalism.

The Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) cordially invite you to a discussion on surveillance capitalism, featuring Shoshana Zuboff (professor emerita, Harvard Business School, and author) and Jim Balsillie (Canadian business leader and philanthropist).

The discussion will offer perspectives on the concept of surveillance capitalism and its implications for an information civilization. The conversation will also explore issues concerning governance and public policy challenges in a marketplace of intangibles, where power is based on who controls and owns data and intellectual property. Offering both research and practitioner perspectives, the speakers will highlight the ways in which surveillance capitalism challenges democratic norms and departs in key ways from the centuries-long evolution of market capitalism.

Moderators: Ann Fitz-Gerald (professor and director, BSIA) and Paul Samson (president, CIGI)

Date: February 22, 2024
Time: 4–5:30 p.m. EST (UTC-5)
Venue: CIGI Campus auditorium
Reception to follow: 5:30–6:30 p.m. in the CIGI Campus foyer

This event will be hybrid; participation via Zoom is also welcome.

Photo of Shoshana Zuboff: © Michael D. Wilson

Event Speakers

Shoshana Zuboff is the author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, the Charles Edward Wilson Professor Emerita at Harvard Business School and a former faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.

In addition to his commitment to CIGI, Jim Balsillie is the founder of the Balsillie School of International Affairs, the Centre for Digital Rights and the Arctic Research Foundation, and co-founder of the Council of Canadian Innovators.

Ann Fitz-Gerald is director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a professor in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of Political Science.

Paul Samson is president of CIGI. He has 30 years of experience across a range of policy issues with partners from around the world. He is a former senior government official and also served for many years as co-chair of the principal G20 working group on the global economy.