Book Cover for Look Who's Watching
ISBN-10: 978-1-928096-19-1 ISBN-13: 978-1-928096-20-7

Look Who’s Watching: Surveillance, Treachery and Trust Online confirms in vivid detail that the trust placed by users in the Internet is increasingly misplaced. Edward Snowden’s revelations that the United States National Security Agency and other government agencies are spying on Internet users, the proliferation of cybercrime, the growing commodification of user data and regulatory changes — which threaten to fragment the system — are all rapidly eroding the confidence users have in the Internet ecosystem. Based on a combination of illustrative anecdotal evidence and analysis of new data, Look Who’s Watching clearly demonstrates why trust matters, how it is being eroded and how, with care and deliberate policy action, the essential glue of the Internet can be restored.

Listen to our audio podcast featuring an engaging discussion with author Fen Osler Hampson about online surveillance and trust in light of Edward Snowden’s revelations and high-profile hacks on Ashley Madison and many others. Former CBC Radio host Mary Ambrose talks with CIGI’s Fen Osler Hampson about Look Who's Watching.

To hear more about the book, listen to Fen's recent interviews with TVO's Steve Paiken and CFRA's Evan Solomon on whether users can trust the internet.

Read the Look Who's Watching news release and key messages (PDF).

Table of Contents

Sex, Spies and the Internet 

An Ecosystem Based on Trust

A World Online -- Economics, Innovation and the Internet of Things

Big Brother in the Internet Age

One or Many, Internet or Fragnet?

Crime, Punishment and the Deep Dark Web

Cyberwarfare in the Twenty-First Century

Internet Haves and Have-Nots

A Web of Trust: Toward a Safe, Secure, Reliable and Open Internet


"... what is said and done online is not as private as many people think ... everything we do is ultimately connected to the Internet."
  • Fen Osler Hampson

    Fen Hampson is a distinguished fellow and director of the Global Security & Politics program, overseeing the research direction of the program and related activities. Previously, he served as director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and will continue to serve as chancellor’s professor at Carleton University. He is the recipient of various awards and honours and is a frequent contributor to the national and international media.

  • Eric Jardine

    Eric Jardine is a CIGI fellow and assistant professor of political science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, in Blacksburg, Virginia. He joined CIGI as a research fellow in May 2014. In this role, he contributed to CIGI’s work on Internet governance, including the CIGI–Chatham House sponsored Global Commission on Internet Governance.