David Lyon, 2015 Insight Award winner, is one of the world’s foremost thinkers on surveillance and personal data processing. As a research chair and director of the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen's University, Lyon pioneered the study of surveillance, drawing critical attention to the implications of life in a “surveillance society.”
Lyon’s work is global in scope. His projects analyse and assess surveillance practices and processes across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. His findings have been applied by governments and NGOs to protect civil liberties and freedoms, informing decision-making and policy in Canada and internationally.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the United Kingdom’s Academy of Social Sciences, Lyon has received numerous honours and awards for his work. These include a Killam Fellowship from the Canada Council for the Arts, a Career Achievement Award from the American Sociological Association and an Outstanding Contribution Award from the Canadian Sociological Association.
Lyon is also a founding editor of the e-journal Surveillance & Society. He frequently engages in public policy debates across popular media.