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Workplace surveillance: an overview

This article attempts to review the proliferation of research findings about surveillance in the workplace and the issues surrounding it. It establishes a number of points of departure when considering the issue of workplace surveillance, before reviewing some of the more critical issues. … Continue reading

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Seeking Online Refuge From Spying Eyes

There was the report that the National Security Agency can create sophisticated maps of some people’s personal information and social connections. There were the recent changes to Facebook’s privacy settings that will no longer allow users to hide their profiles … Continue reading

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Surveillance, democracy, transparency – a global view

… powerful voices in politics, culture and academia are recognising the need for debate on state surveillance … significant voices from across the political, cultural and academic spectrum, as well as experts in privacy and security, have acknowledged genuine issues … Continue reading

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The Snowden files: why the British public should be worried about GCHQ

What this adds up to is a new thing in human history: with a couple of clicks of a mouse, an agent of the state can target your home phone, or your mobile, or your email, or your passport number, … Continue reading

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Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power, and Public Resistance

In Spying on Democracy, National Lawyers Guild Executive Director Heidi Boghosian documents the disturbing increase in surveillance of ordinary citizens and the danger it poses to our privacy, our civil liberties, and to the future of democracy itself. Boghosian reveals … Continue reading

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How the Surveillance State Breeds Conformity and Fear

The Surveillance State hovers over any attacks that meaningfully challenge state-appropriated power. It doesn’t just hover over it. It impedes it, it deters it and kills it. That’s its intent. It does that by design. And so, understanding what the … Continue reading

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A Diagram of Panoptic Surveillance

This article critiques a number of recent attempts to outline a contemporary theory of panoptic surveillance. It argues that an updated Foucaultian thesis must take into consideration the decentered and networked aspects of information technologies in an attempt to explain … Continue reading

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Foucault and the Architecture of Surveillance – Creating Regimes of Power in Schools, Shrines, and Society

Read Michel Foucault’s critical studies concerning regimes of power are of special interest when applied to architecture. In particular, he warned of the hazards of building surveillance into architectural structures for the purpose of monitoring people and took as his … Continue reading

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