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School of Law

Criminal Justice and Surveillance Technologies Seminar by Bernard Keenan and Katherine Maher

18 January 2017

Time: 7:15pm
Venue: Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, 67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JB

The Criminal Justice Centre is hosting a Criminal Justice and Surveillance Technologies Seminar


  • Bernard Keenan: ‘The Post Office as prototypical surveillance infrastructure’
  • Katherine Maher: 'Wikimedia vs NSA' 

About the speakers

Bernard Keenan

Bernard Keenan is a solicitor and PhD candidate at the LSE on law and the interception of letters, telegrams, metadata 1650 - 2013. Before beginning his PhD in 2013, Bernard practiced immigration, asylum, and public law for five years. His experience working on cases before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission led to his PhD research into the evolving use of secret material as evidence and the mechanisms which enable it. He has written articles about legal and political theory for the Guardian’s Comment is Free website, and has appeared on television discussing secret court hearings. Before moving to London, he worked as a freelance radio journalist for BBC Radio Ulster. Bernard's research is informed by social theory and the anthropological study of legal practice.

Katherine Maher

Katherine is the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the organization that operates Wikipedia, one of the world's most beloved websites. She is an expert on the intersection of technology, human rights, democracy, and international development.

Prior to joining Wikimedia, Katherine was Advocacy Director for the international digital rights organization Access, a consultant to the World Bank on technology for accountability and good governance, internet freedom Program Officer with the National Democratic Institute, and a founding member of the UNICEF Innovation team.

Katherine worked with HSBC Bank in the UK, Germany, and Canada, and interned with Eurasia Group, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Goldman Sachs. She has extensive programmatic and policy experience in Europe, Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, Caribbean, Central America, and South East Asia.

Katherine is a member of the Advisory Council at the Open Technology Fund, on the Steering Committee for the Cyberspace & Security Program at the Truman National Security Project/Center for National Policy, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Project for the Study of the 21st Century.

Katherine is a contributor to 'State Power 2.0' from Ashgate Publishing (UK), and her writing has appeared in publications such as Foreign Policy, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and Politico. She studied at the American University in Cairo, IFPO Damascus, New York University, and THNK: the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership.


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How to book

This event is for QMUL students and staff only. Places are limited. To register for this event, please email Amber Marks:


For more information on this event, please email Amber Marks:

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