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Panel dyskusyjny w ramach konferencji: The Rise of the Digital Technocracy | 29.09.2023

Date: 29.09.2023
Start Time: 14.00-16.00
Place: Reymonta 4, sala 037

David Lyon, Matthew B. Crawford, Martin Libicki, Alex Thomson (moderator)


  • David Lyon is Former Director of the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. Educated at the University of Bradford UK, Lyon has been studying surveillance since the mid-1980s. A pioneer in the field of Surveillance Studies, he has produced a steady stream of books – translated in to 18 languages – and articles, starting with The Electronic Eye (1994). The latest is Pandemic Surveillance (2022). He has led several large collaborative research projects on surveillance, with research funding totalling almost $8 million. His work has been recognized in Canada, Switzerland, the USA and the UK with a number of fellowships, prizes, awards and an honorary doctorate.
  • Matthew B. Crawford studied physics as an undergraduate, then did a doctorate in the history of political thought at the University of Chicago. He is a senior fellow at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. His books, translated into ten languages, could be described as philosophically informed cultural criticism, often with an historical angle. The erosion of individual agency and collective self-government under technocracy is a recurring theme.
  • Martin Libicki (Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley 1978) holds the Keyser Chair of Cybersecurity Studies at the U.S. Naval Academy. In addition to teaching, he carries out research in cyberwar and the general impact of information technology on domestic and national security. He is the author of a 2021 textbook on cyberwar, Cyberspace in Peace and War (2nd edition), as well as Conquest in Cyberspace: National Security and Information Warfare and various related RAND monographs. Prior employment includes twelve years at the National Defense University, three years on the Navy Staff (logistics) and three years for the US GAO.
  • Moderator: Alex Thomson MA (Cantab, Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic) is Commissioning Editor at UK Column ( He was an intelligence officer at GCHQ from 2001 to 2009, specialising in the South Caucasus, where he had previously lived and worked. He lives in the Netherlands and has been a UK Column News correspondent since 2014, researching and commenting on European politics, security and intelligence affairs, constitutional matters, and religious and conscientious liberty. As a conference interpreter, he works freelance for diplomatic organisations and international legal bodies. As Translation Consultant at the Russian Bible Society (based in North Carolina), he teaches the Biblical languages and co-ordinates Bible translation projects in the languages of former Soviet republics.


Wydarzenie można zaliczyć w ramach programu OSA:

  • Opiekun: dr Anna Wyrwisz
  • Liczba godzin OSA: 2 godziny
  • Forma zaliczenia: sporządzenie krótkiej notatki w języku angielskim lub polskim (max. 500-600 znaków), dotyczącej tematyki poruszanej podczas wykładu i przesłanie jej dr Annie Wyrwisz do 13.10.2023. Notatki wysłane po tym terminie nie będą przyjmowane.
Wykład kierowany jest do studentów amerykanistyki, ale mogą w nim uczestniczyć wszyscy studenci IAiSP.