The Centre for Law, Technology and Society is delighted to announce that Co-Director (interim) and Faculty member Dr. Valerie Steeves has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Surveillance Studies Network, a prize given to distinguished scholars who have made major contributions to the field of surveillance studies.
Dr. Valerie Steeves is Co-Director (Interim) of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, and a Full Professor in the Department of Criminology of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa. Her main area of research focuses on the impact of new technologies on human rights. She is the principal investigator of The eQuality Project, a SSHRC-funded partnership of researchers, educators, advocates, civil society groups, and policymakers who are interested in examining the impact of online commercial profiling on children’s identities and social relationships. As the lead researcher for MediaSmart’s Young Canadians in a Wired World research project, she tracked young people’s use of new media from 2004 to 2020.
Dr. Steeves has appeared as an expert witness before a number of Parliamentary Committees regarding digital policy legislation and has worked with a number of government departments to develop privacy education curriculum and materials. Her Web-based educational game Sense and NonSense won the first annual Excellence in Race Relations Education award from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation in 1998 and her game Privacy Playground was awarded the Bronze Medal at the 2006 Summit Creative Awards Competition, an international competition involving thousands of entries from 26 countries.
Congratulations to Dr. Steeves!