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Surveillance as Social Sorting: Privacy, Risk and Automated Discrimination

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Surveillance happens to all of us, everyday, as we walk beneath street cameras, swipe cards, surf the net. Agencies are using increasingly sophisticated computer systems - especially searchable databases - to keep tabs on us at home, work and play. Once the word surveillance was reserved for police activities and intelligence gathering, now it is an unavoidable feature of everyday life.

Surveillance as Social Sorting proposes that surveillance is not simply a contemporary threat to individual freedom, but that, more insidiously, it is a powerful means of creating and reinforcing long-term social differences. As practiced today, it is actually a form of social sorting - a means of verifying identities but also of assessing risks and assigning worth. Questions of how categories are constructed therefore become significant ethical and political questions.

Bringing together contributions from North America and Europe, Surveillance as Social Sorting offers an innovative approach to the interaction between societies and their technologies. It looks at a number of examples in depth and will be an appropriate source of reference for a wide variety of courses.

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Where there are advanced information structures, especially searchable databases, there are surveillance societies. This work examines aspects of surveillance processes with a view to showing what constitutes them, why the growth of surveillance is accelerating and what is really at stake.

Synopsis:

This book examines some crucial aspects of surveillance processes with a view to showing what constitutes them, why the growth of surveillance is accelerating and what is really at stake personally and politically. It scrutinizes individual surveillance systems - CCTV, biometrics, intelligent transportation systems, smart cards, on-line profiling - and discusses their implications for our future. "Surveillance as Social Sorting" is a fascinating contribution to a relatively new field - surveillance studies.

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ISBN:
9780415278737
Other:
Lyon, David
Publisher:
Routledge
Author:
Lyon, David
Location:
London
Subject:
General
Subject:
Constitutional
Subject:
Discrimination & Racism
Subject:
Privacy, right of
Subject:
Data protection
Subject:
Social control
Subject:
Electronic surveillance
Subject:
Closed-circuit television
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
107-117
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
302
Dimensions:
8.66x5.64x.66 in. .84 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict
History and Social Science » Law » Constitutional Law
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
Humanities » Philosophy » General

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"Synopsis" by , Where there are advanced information structures, especially searchable databases, there are surveillance societies. This work examines aspects of surveillance processes with a view to showing what constitutes them, why the growth of surveillance is accelerating and what is really at stake.
"Synopsis" by , This book examines some crucial aspects of surveillance processes with a view to showing what constitutes them, why the growth of surveillance is accelerating and what is really at stake personally and politically. It scrutinizes individual surveillance systems - CCTV, biometrics, intelligent transportation systems, smart cards, on-line profiling - and discusses their implications for our future. "Surveillance as Social Sorting" is a fascinating contribution to a relatively new field - surveillance studies.
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