Staff profile - Adam Molnar

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Dr Adam Molnar

Position: Lecturer in Criminology
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92443793 +61 3 92443793



Adam Molnar's work focuses on policing and national security as they relate to practices of surveillance, the use of technology, and associated issues of privacy and social control.

Adam recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen's University, and attained his PhD in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria. Currently, he is a member of Deakin's Alfred Deakin Research Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADRI-CG), is part of the Australian Surveillance Studies Network, and is also a Board Member on the Australian Privacy Foundation (APF). 

Currently, Adam is researching in several areas in surveillance and policing, including work on the domestic application of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Canada and Australia, lawful access to telecommunications and online environments, and ongoing research into pratices of interoperability in policing and national security through examinations of major event security initiatives. Each of these projects considers how technology-led surveillance strategies are increasingly prioritised as responses to crime and terrorism, and critically assesses implications for law, privacy, and social control.


Knowledge areas

surveillance; policing; security intelligence; lawful access; privacy; technology; social control; data protection; theories of surveillance



Refereed Journal Articles and Chapters

Molnar, A. 2014. “The Geo-Historical Legacies of Urban Securitization and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics,” Geographical Journal, Available Online, March 2014. Online:

Bennett, C., Parsons, C. and Molnar, A. (2014) “Real and Substantial Connections: Enforcing Canadian Privacy Laws Against American Social Networking Companies,” in Journal of Law, Information & Science Vol. 23(1).

Bennett, C.; Molnar, A., Parsons, C. (Forthcoming). “The Surveillance Of Social Networking And The Social Value Of Privacy.” In B. Roessler and D. Mokrosinska (Eds.), Social Dimensions of Privacy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Bennett, C.; Parsons, C.; Molnar, A. (2013) “Forgetting and the right to be forgotten.” In Serge Gutwirth et al. (Eds.), Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection: Reloading Data Protection. Springer: London.
Contributed Chapters (Invited)

Molnar, A. and Kitchen, V. (Forthcoming) “Exploring Integrated Models in National Security,” in Researching Terrorism: From the radicalization process to counter-terrorism policies, Martin Bouchard (ed), New York: Routledge.

Snider, L. and Molnar, A. 2013. “The ‘Great Unwatched’ and the ‘Lightly Touched’: Surveillance and Stock Market Fraud”, in The Political Economy of Surveillance, Kirstie Ball and Laureen Snider (eds). London: Routledge.

Molnar, A. and Snider, L. 2011. “Mega-events, Mega-profits: Unpacking the Vancouver 2010 Security-Development Nexus,” in Security Games: Surveillance and Control at Mega-Events, Colin J. Bennett and Kevin D. Haggerty (eds), New York: Routledge.

Consultancy Reports

Molnar, A. and Parsons, C. 2013. “Watching Below: Dimensions of Surveillance-by-UAVs in Canada”, Block G Privacy and Security Consulting, October 2013.

Parsons, C. and Molnar, A. 2013. “The BC Services Card: Drivers, Architectures, Risks”, Block G Privacy and Security Consulting, February 2013.

Government and NGO Reports

Lindsay, D., Greenleaf, G., Daly, A., Waters, N., Molnar, A, and David Vaile. 2015. Australian Privacy Foundation submission on the Data Retention Bill 2014. (

Bracken-Roche, C.; Lyon, D; Mansour, M.; Molnar, A.; Saulnier, A.; Thompson, S. 2014. “Privacy implications of the Spread of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Canada”. A Report to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, under the 2013-2014 Contributions Program.

Molnar, A. 2009. “Security, Privacy and Mega-events”, Report prepared for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Ottawa: OPC.

Book Reviews
Molnar, A. 2009. Review of the book “Technologies of Insecurity: The Surveillance of Everyday Life”, Franko Aas et al. (eds) 2008 in Surveillance and Society.

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