News from the McGannon Center

Since 1998, the Donald McGannon Award has been given to the best book-length work of research published in the previous year that addresses or informs the social justice and/or ethical dimensions of communication technology and policy, broadly defined. After careful screening of over 40 nominations, evaluations of the four finalists by three external referees and final deliberations by the members of the advisory board, we are pleased to announce that the 2015 prize has been awarded to Simone Browne of the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin for her book ‘Dark Matters’. Two highlights from the award committee’s assessment were: “Browne draws essential and heretofore neglected connections between modern surveillance studies and the long history of race-based inequality in the U. S. and beyond…She does a tremendous service to the discipline of surveillance studies and, more broadly, to cultural studies of media and technology.” “Browne offers nothing short of a new way to think about race, and a new way to understand surveillance…I am convinced that this will be a key, foundational text with the power to enlighten powerful technologists, buttress the social justice dimensions of privacy advocacy, and show how the power to see is inseparable from the power to categorize and discriminate.”

The date of the award Ceremony has yet to be decided.