Surveillance as Social Sorting: Privacy, Risk, and Digital Discrimination
Psychology Press, 2003 - Political Science - 287 pages
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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Surveillance as social sorting Computer codes and mobile bodies
Theorizing surveillance The case of the workplace
Biometrics and the body as information Normative issues of the socio technical coding of the body
Verifying identities Constituting lifechances
Electronic identity cards and social classification
Surveillance creep in the genetic age
Racial categories and health risks Epidemiological surveillance among Canadian First Nations
Regulating mobilities Places and spaces
People and place Patterns of individual identification within intelligent transportation systems
Netscapes of power Convergence network design walled gardens and other strategies of control in the information age
Targeting trouble Social divisions
Categorizing the workers Electronic surveillance and social ordering in the call center
Private security and surveillance From the dossier society to database networks
From personal to digital CCTV the panopticon and the technological mediation of suspicion and social control
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,...