Cornell University
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Lauren Kilgour

PhD Student

Areas of Interest

Network Technology, Digital Government, Wearable Computing, Surveillance, Ethics, Design, Data, Technology Law & Policy, Human and Civil Rights, Digital Culture


Lauren studies the culture and politics of network technology. Within this wider area of research, her dissertation project focuses on the roles that biometric network technologies play in contemporary governance practices, with an emphasis on criminal justice systems. Lauren holds degrees in English (HBA) and Information (MI) from the University of Toronto. Prior to beginning doctoral study at Cornell, Lauren also worked extensively in the non-profit sector in Toronto, Canada, and interned with the Nelson Mandela Foundation's Centre of Memory in Johannesburg, South Africa. Currently, she is also a Graduate Student Affiliate with Cornell's Center for the Study of Inequality.

Lauren's research is supervised by Karen Levy, and is supported by her third federal grant awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.