Staff profile - Adam Molnar

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Dr Adam Molnar

Position: Lecturer In Criminology
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SHSS Arts & Ed
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 43793 +61 3 924 43793



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 (ADI) and is a Board Member of the Australian Privacy Foundation (APF). 

Adam's research examines how technology-led surveillance strategies are used as a response to crime and terrorism, and assesses the implications for law, privacy, and social control. Adam is currently working on an international project that examines government use of computer network operations (CNOs) and the rule of law in national security and policing.


Knowledge areas

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

Media appearances

Business News Network (BNN); CBC The National; CTV National News; CTV Newschannel; Rogers SportsNet; Fusion TV (ABC/Univision); CKSW Kingston News Channel, CTV Alberta Prime, Media Watch (ABC TV). 

Print / Internet Media
MSNBC online; Huffington Post (Online); International Business Times; Canadian Press; Global News / Postmedia; Yahoo! News; Sun News Network; Vancouver Sun; Calgary Herald; Calgary Sun; Ottawa Citizen; Ottawa Sun; London Free Press; Montreal Gazette; Winnipeg Free Press; Victoria Times Colonist; Kingston Whig-Standard; Metro; Focus Magazine; Saskatoon Star Phoenix; Seattle Stranger; Windsor Star; The Tyee; International Association of Privacy Professionals, and several other print and Internet media outlets.

CBC  Radio International; CBC Radio1 National Syndication; CHQR Calgary Radio; CKNW Radio Vancouver; CFAX 1070 Victoria; CHML 900 Hamilton; 680News Toronto, 3AW Perth, 3AW Sydney.



Refereed Journal Articles and Chapters

Molnar, A. and Parsons, C. 2016. “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Law Enforcement in Australia and Canada: governance through ‘privacy’ in an era of counter-law?,” In Walby et al (Eds) National Security, Surveillance, and Emergencies: Canada and Australia Compared. Palgrave MacMillan Press (accepted).

Monaghan, J. and Molnar, A. 2016. “Radicalization theories, policing practices, and “The Future of Terrorism?”, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Online first,

Parsons, C., Bennett, C., and Molnar, A. 2015. “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.

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.; 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.

Book Chapters

Molnar, A. and Kitchen, V. 2015. “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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