No More Secrets

Digital surveillance and the end of privacy

Image courtesy of RdigitaLIFE

Whether we know it or not, major pieces of our lives are being captured in photo, video, and data archives. From the Boston Marathon bombing to NSA leaks, recent headlines have exposed the fact that democratic societies are being watched—all the time. “The fear is that there isn’t going to be any kind of private space, [where] I can say that’s my personal space that nobody can intrude on.” says Avner Levin, director of Ryerson University’s Privacy & Cyber Crime Institute. “That’s the baffling thing about it. Everybody wants to carve out that personal space, that solitude where they can be themselves.” But what happens when we’re all being tracked, and how do we avoid the gaze of our governments’ prying eyes?


  • Marvin Ammori, author, On Internet Freedom (@ammori)
  • Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario (@ipcinfoprivacy)
  • Kashmir Hill, privacy columnist, Forbes (@kashhill)
  • Avner Levin, director, Privacy & Cyber Crime Institute, Ryerson University


  • Host, producer, and writer: Ramona Pringle
  • Director of photography: Lisa Lightbourn Lay
  • Motion graphics: Olney Atwell
  • Post supervisor: Wil Noack
  • Post-production assistants: Dylan Morgan, Ian Holland
  • B-roll camera: Eric Sleeth, Joey Ferguson, and Luke Nater
  • Field camera: Jefferson Wright
  • Editorial assistants/social media: Marie Alcober, Ishani Nath
  • Content manager: Martin Waxman
  • Special thanks: Charles Falzon, Gerd Hauck, Val Fox, Sheldon Levy, Ben Peto

Join The Walrus and RdigitaLIFE as we explore some of the biggest issues in privacy—from surveillance to revenge porn to the social bargain that we enter into every time we go online. During the next two weeks, @walrusmagazine and @RdigitaLIFE will be co-hosting several privacy-related Twitter chats, organized around the hashtag #rprivatelife. Please follow both feeds for more information.

Ramona Pringle and RdigitaLIFE
RdigitaLIFE is an independent project, based at Toronto’s Ryerson University, that explores human interactions with technology.