David Lyon is the Director of the Surveillance Studies Centre. He is an editor and author of numerous publications on Surveilance Studies, his major research area for the past 20 years and for which he is best known. His books have been translated into 13 languages. He is especially concerned with citizen registration and identification systems, and the social sorting capabilities of contemporary surveillance.
As a Canada Council Killam Research Fellow, Lyon's work investigating the rise of national ID card systems contributed to an understanding of contemporary biometrics-based ID systems. Lyon has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, awarded a Queen’s Research Chair and in 2007 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Sociological Association Communication and Information Technology Section. [Download the full video]