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About the Project

This unique and innovative cross-disciplinary network has been established to examine the use of tracking devices (non-removable wearable devices that enable location monitoring or tracking of wearers by third parties) in a variety of settings and across jurisdictions including criminal justice, immigration, mental health, dementia, terrorism and children’s services.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council funded network brings together for the first time academics, policy-makers, designers and practitioners from different domains to explore the ethical, legal, social and technical issues arising from the current and future use of wearable tagging and tracking devices.


Briefing Papers

Briefing papers are now available to download: Briefing Paper 1: Tracking People: controversies and challenges, Briefing Paper 2: The Ethics of Tracking People and Briefing Paper 3: Designing Systems for Tracking People


The network hosted four events during 2016 and 2017 which were open to all.

Tracking people: looking to the future

Conference: 9th November 2017, London.

The conference disseminated the principle findings drawing out core themes from preceding events.

Tracking people: technological and methodological challenges

Seminar three: 15th June 2017, University of Leeds.

This seminar explored the current state of tracking devices and examined the potential for technologies to be improved by considering the challenges across domains.

Tracking people: legal and ethical debates

Seminar two: 6th April 2017, University of Leeds.

This seminar explored the legal and ethical issues arising from actual and potential uses of tracking devices across a range of contexts.

Tracking people: scoping the landscape and debates across domains

Seminar one: 14th December 2016, University of Leeds.

This seminar examined the current landscape and debates in the use of tracking devices across a range of domains.