Surveillance is now global!! African states and even, non-state entities are taking advantage of technology to embark on more and more surveillance. While this is being done in the name of development and national security, privacy rights must not be ignored. This blog attempts to be a helpful collation of journalistic and scholarly materials on surveillance, data protection, identification systems and privacy as they play out in Africa.

The blogger, Smith Oduro-Marfo, is a Ghanaian PhD Political Science Student - working with Prof Colin Bennett - with the Political Science Department, University of Victoria (Canada) whose research interest revolves around the intersections of surveillance, privacy, development and democracy. The blog seeks to contribute to the larger Big Data Surveillance project hosted at Queens University. Occasionally, the blogger presents brief opinions on trends relating to the aforementioned issues in Africa.

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