Ethically assessing surveillance: CCTV, PRISM and Facebook

Technological developments and a heightened fear of terrorism has resulted in the rapid expansion of surveillance in the last 15 years, to the extent that critics now describe the UK as a ‘surveillance state’. John Guelke outlines the philosophical debates around surveillance ethics and argues that privacy is being eroded not just by the state but by our own […]

How is surveillance psychologically negotiated and what are its underlying affective impacts? Evidence from qualitative research

Surveillance is becoming more and more a part of everyday life as technologies become increasingly sophisticated and accessible. Darren Ellis uses qualitative interviewing to study everyday experiences of surveillance. The ambivalent, ambiguous and shifting accounts reflect the uncertainty around the nature and function of surveillance in modern society. A lot has been said recently about the uses and abuses of […]

A vision of control: the increased sophistication of CCTV brings new controversy

CCTV has evolved into a very different creature to what it was when the first cameras were installed. The technology has become more sophisticated and there has been a rise in peripheral products which radically change its nature and capability. With regulation severely lacking, it is time for serious public debate about where CCTV is headed and the boundaries of […]

February 6th, 2014|Emmeline Taylor|2 Comments|

Anti-terrorism powers have fractured experiences of citizenship across the UK

Lee Jarvis and Michael Lister share findings from new focus group research into the impact of anti-terrorism legislation on public perceptions of citizenship in the UK. They find that many Britons believe new security measures have eroded their rights and reduced their ability to participate in social and political life, but perceptions vary across different social groups. This article was originally published on […]

December 6th, 2013|Democratic Audit|0 Comments|

Looking through a legal PRISM at UK and US intelligence agency surveillance

The uncovering of the PRISM programme has concerned many that the UK authorities are circumventing the legal framework and gathering data on its own citizens via US surveillance agencies. Orla Lynskey describes the statutory controls that exist regarding data sharing with the US and explores whether they are adequate to protect UK citizens’ privacy. She concludes that there are little safeguards and […]

June 13th, 2013|Orla Lynskey|4 Comments|

Book Review: Social Media as Surveillance: rethinking visibility in a converging world

Within a few years social media has become an ordinary part of our everyday lives. So too increasingly have fears about the impact this technology has had on privacy. In Social Media As Surveillance Daniel Trottier presents empirical research with a range of interested parties, using this a basis to explore the relationship between social media and surveillance. Paul Bernal found the book impressive and timely, […]

The government’s proposal for data communications surveillance will be invasive and costly with minimal effectiveness

The government has proposed providing law enforcement officials with unprecedented access to internet communications. Joss Wright argues that this amounts to a hugely expensive and invasive scheme that will have only minimal effectiveness in achieving its stated goals. The means through which we communicate have undergone dramatic changes in recent decades. Mobile phones and Skype have largely superseded traditional telephones, emails are sent […]

Book Review: Media and Social Justice by Sue Curry Jansen, Jefferson Pooley, and Lora Taub-Pervizpour

Media and Social Justice charts the work that critical media scholars and activists are undertaking to combat social injustice and misrepresentation in the media. The authors provide a diverse collection of examples, but conclude that there is still a long way to go before we can fully eliminate abuses of power. An excellent guide for students, with several interesting and innovative chapters, […]

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