Steve Mann 






Steve Mann
Assistant Professor – University of Toronto

Stream 3 - technologies that identify, anonymize and authenticate

e-mail: mann(at)


As one of Canada's leading innovators and proliferate inventors (holder of 50 patents), Dr. Steve Mann is uniquely posed to survey and study the technologies that exploit anonymity. He is recognized for his pioneering research on wearable computing. He was the first to conceive of the idea, as well as to implement, a voice activated wearable multimedia computer more than 20 years ago. Dr. Mann's wearable computing has profound implications for personal privacy, since it allows the wearer to watch, record and perhaps broadcast his/her surroundings. He has coined the sociological construct known as 'sousveillance' to describe the effect a wearer of his device has on others.

Read our interview with Steve Mann



.:works in progress:.

Sousveillance and Cyborglogs: A 30 year empirical voyage through ethical, legal and policy issues


"Cyborglogging with Camera Phones: Steps Toward Equiveillance", Proceedings of the ACM Multimedia 2006, Santa Barbara, California, Oct. 23-27, 2006 (co-authored with Steve Mann, James Fung and Raymond Lo).

"Equiveillance: the equilibrium between sur-veillance and sous-veillance", Panopticon, The 15th Annual Conference on Computers, Freedom & Privacy, Keeping an Eye on the Panopticon: Workshop on Vanishing Anonymity, Seattle, April 12, 2005.

"'Sousveillance' Inverse Surveillance in Multimedia Imaging," International Multimedia Conference: Proceedings of the 12th annual ACM international conference on Multimedia (ACM Press, New York: 2004)


Continuous Lifelong Capture of Personal Experience with Eyetap 
Opening Keynote Address, ACM Multimedia 2004 1st Workshop on Continuous Archival and Retrieval of Personal Experiences, October 15, 2004, Columbia University, New York

 .:id trail mix:.

Subjectright (S), a reciprocal to Copyright (C) (co-authored with James Fung and Kyle Amon) 

Inverse Copyright: Transmitient/Recipient Equiveillance