Round Table: sava saheli singh and David Murikami Wood with writers Madeline Ashby, Nehal El-Hadi and Tim Maughan


  • sava saheli singh
  • David Murakami Wood
  • Madeline Ashby
  • Nehal El-Hadi
  • Tim Maughan

Organisation: CPDP

Room: Side Events (Gather)

Timing: 19:30 - 20:15 on 28 January 2021

Round Table in the Cinema on Gather Town


sava saheli singh

University of Ottawa

sava saheli singh is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa, currently working on a research project that examines the effects and use of learning technologies on teachers’ practice, especially during this time of COVID-19. In her previous postdoctoral fellowship at Queen’s University, she co-produced a series of near future fiction short films, called Screening Surveillance, that call attention to the human consequences of big data surveillance. She is also working on a fourth film in the Screening Surveillance series. Her research interests include educational surveillance; digital labour and surveillance capitalism; and critically examining the effects of technology and techno-utopianism on society.

David Murakami Wood

David Murakami Wood is Associate Professor and former Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Surveillance Studies in the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University in Canada, and a member of the Surveillance Studies Centre there. He is a co-founder and Co-editor-in-Chief of the international journal, Surveillance & Society, and a co-founder of the Surveillance Studies Network (SSN). With Torin Monahan, he is the editor of Surveillance Studies: A Reader (Oxford University Press, 2018), and with David Lyon, Big Data Surveillance and Security Intelligence: The Canadian Case (UBC Press, 2021).

Madeline Ashby

Madeline Ashby is a futurist and science fiction writer living in Toronto. She is the author of the Machine Dynasty series of novels and the novel Company Town, and has written short stories for Slate, MIT Technology Review, XPRIZE, and others. With Scott Smith, she is the co-author of How to Future: Leading and Sense-making in an Age of Hyperchange, out now from Kogan Page Inspire. You can find her at or on Twitter @madelineashby.

Nehal El-Hadi

Nehal El-Hadi is a writer, researcher, and editor whose work explores the relationships between the body (racialised, gendered), place (urban, virtual), and technology (internet, health). As a scholar, her hybrid digital/material research methods are informed by her training and experience as a science and environmental journalist. She advocates for the responsible, accountable, and ethical treatment of user-generated content in the fields of journalism, planning, and healthcare. She is currently the Science + Technology Editor at The Conversation Canada and Editor-in-Chief of Studio Magazine.

Tim Maughan

Tim Maughan is an author and journalist using both fiction and non-fiction to explore issues around cities, class, culture, technology, and the future. His work regularly appears on the BBC, New Scientist, and Vice/Motherboard. His debut novel INFINITE DETAIL was published by FSG in 2019, and selected by The Guardian as their Science Fiction and Fantasy book of the year and shortlisted for the Locus Magazine Award for Best First Novel. He also collaborates with artists and filmmakers, and has had work shown at the V&A, Columbia School of Architecture, the Vienna Biennale, and on Channel 4. He currently lives in Canada.