Surveillance as Social Sorting: Privacy, Risk, and Digital Discrimination

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David Lyon
Psychology Press, 2003 - Law - 287 pages
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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 Sortingproposes 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 Sortingoffers 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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Contents

Surveillance as social sorting Computer codes and mobile bodies
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Theorizing surveillance The case of the workplace
31
Biometrics and the body as information Normative issues of the socio technical coding of the body
57
Verifying identities Constituting lifechances
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Electronic identity cards and social classification
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Surveillance creep in the genetic age
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Racial categories and health risks Epidemiological surveillance among Canadian First Nations
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Regulating mobilities Places and spaces
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People and place Patterns of individual identification within intelligent transportation systems
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Netscapes of power Convergence network design walled gardens and other strategies of control in the information age
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Targeting trouble Social divisions
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Categorizing the workers Electronic surveillance and social ordering in the call center
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Private security and surveillance From the dossier society to database networks
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From personal to digital CCTV the panopticon and the technological mediation of suspicion and social control
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Index
282
Copyright

Privacy and the phenetic urge Geodemographics and the changing spatiality of local practice
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Page x - Assessment (1984-1989) and an assistant professor of politics and government at the University of Puget Sound (1979-1984). Since the mid-1970s, Dr. Regan's primary research interest has been the analysis of the social, policy, and legal implications of organizational use of new information and communications technologies. Dr. Regan has published over 20 articles or book chapters, as well as Legislating Privacy: Technology, Social Values, and Public Policy (University of North Carolina Press, 1995).
Page x - ... of the social, policy, and legal implications of organizational use of new information and communications technologies. Dr. Regan has published over 20 articles or book chapters, as well as Legislating Privacy: Technology, Social Values, and Public Policy (University of North Carolina Press, 1995). As a recognized researcher in this area, Dr. Regan has testified before Congress and participated in meetings held by the Department of Commerce, the Federal Trade Commission, the Social Security Administration,...
Page ix - PRISCILLA M. REGAN is an associate professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University.

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Rabbi David Lyon is an innovative spiritual leader and educator recognized for making ancient teachings accessible in contemporary spiritual life. He is author of God of Me: Imagining God throughout Your Lifetime. Senior rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in Houston, Texas, he is vice chair of the Board of the Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center and an active participant in interfaith activities.Rabbi David Lyon is available to speak on the following topics: Imagining God throughout Your LifeOMG: Finding God in Jewish TextsNew Ways to Welcome God into Your FamilyWhen Life Hurts, God AnswersGod of Me, God of YouClick here to contact the author.

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