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Lecture: Gregoire Chamayou on “Patterns of Surveillance
26 May 2015



What kind of ways of knowing have been developed? Under which postulates and with what effects? The central idea has been that certain patterns of activities emerging out of masses of collected data could form the basis for an automatized process of target detection. I will sketch the genealogy of this "signature detection model", exposing its contradictions and its ongoing reformulation. This attempt of an historical epistemology of signals intelligence aims at providing a renewed critique of the contemporary practices of surveillance.

Grégoire Chamayou is a research scholar in philosophy at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. He is the author of A Theory of the Drone and Manhunts: A Philosophical History.