LSTS books of 2017

The Research Group on Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) has assembled its list of most influential readings of 2017. For the second time already, members and affiliated researchers have reflected and share their views on their reading experiences and sources of inspiration, in what is already starting to … Continue reading LSTS books of 2017


Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon, the ultimate surveillance image, is the main theme of this new episode of our MUSIC & SURVEILLANCE series. Panopticism is here explored through the aural lens of Paul Baran's 'Panoptic', which combines elegant improvisation with a touch of electronics.  Paul Baran is a Glasgowian artist operating sometimes alone and sometimes as a … Continue reading MUSIC & SURVEILLANCE #12 Paul Baran

MUSIC & SURVEILLANCE #11 The Transparent Society

Industrial music has always been attracted to dystopian worlds and apocalyptical aesthetics. The new episode of our MUSIC & SURVEILLANCE series explores the work of Skull:Axis, an artist self-described as 'paranoid, delusional industrial' that has devoted a whole record to 'The Transparent Society'. Skull:Axis is actually Jason B. Bernard, from Brighton, who is also responsible … Continue reading MUSIC & SURVEILLANCE #11 The Transparent Society

MUSIC & SURVEILLANCE #10 A Compilation

The MUSIC & SURVEILLANCE series takes a walk through Bandcamp music platform in search of surveillance-related tracks, and uncovers a few interesting underground artists. Here they come, carefully collected and happily reported to the wider public. 'Days Of Surveillance' by Quiet Loner A gentle protest song with a touching old-school flavour. It is not easy … Continue reading MUSIC & SURVEILLANCE #10 A Compilation


Technology delineates the background of much of the history of both MUSIC & SURVEILLANCE. And at the crossroads of technology, music and surveillance, stands out Léon Theremin. Léon Theremin was the American name used by Lev Sergeyevich Termen, a Russian inventor who designed the theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments ever produced. Patented … Continue reading MUSIC & SURVEILLANCE #7 Léon Theremin