David Phillips, Ph.D. is Associate Professor Emeritus of Information at the University of Toronto whose interdisciplinary emphasis is expressed in his studies of surveillance, queer theory, and infrastructure. Dr. Phillips is the author of many works exploring relations among information, economics, ideology, policy, culture, identity and technology.
In this interview, he talks with Polly about how his early interests in Queer Theory led to his study of surveillance through the use of technology. David talks about dedicating his work to helping people understand how and why technology is not “serving us” but more that “we are serving technology.”
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