The field of surveillance studies is growing at a rapid rate, fuelled by a growing interest in the questions that lie at its heart and a deep unease about the future of individual privacy. What information is held about us, to what extent that information is secure, how new technologies ought to be regulated, and how developments in surveillance will affect our ordinary and everyday lives?
Deliberately multi-disciplinary in character, this book examines these questions from the perspective of a broad range of fields, including sociology, management research, law, literary analysis and internet studies. As privacy comes under increasing threat and surveillance activities grow in quantity and diversity, so too the academic field needs to develop in new directions, form new perspectives, and gain new insights. In keeping with this aim, the chapters of this book consider how individuals, organisations, and states are engaged in the compilation, mobilization, scrutiny and use of ever increasing amounts of information.
Divided into three sections focusing in turn on legal regulation, technologies of surveillance, and the future of privacy and surveillance, this collection provides a unique and eclectic insight into the question of how the spread of surveillance is changing our lives and the societies in which we live.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Where next for surveillance studies? Exploring new directions in privacy and surveillance, Daniel Neyland and Benjamin J.Goold Part One: Regulation 1. The limits of privacy protection, James B. Rule 2. Building it in: the role of privacy enhancing technologies (PETs) in the regulation of surveillance and data collection, Benjamin J. Goold 3. Regulation of converged communications surveillance, Ian Brown 4. From targeted to mass surveillance: is the EU Data Retention Directive a necessary measure or an unjustified threat to privacy? Marie-Helen Maras Part Two: Technologies and Techniques of Surveillance 5. Surveillance, accountability and organisational failure: the story of Jean Charles de Menezes, Daniel Neyland 6. Perceptions of government technology, surveillance and privacy: the UK Identity Cards Scheme, Edgar A. Whitley Part Three: Surveillance Futures 7. 'Ten Thousand Times Larger...': anticipating the expansion of surveillance, Kevin D. Haggerty 8. Since 'Nineteen Eighty Four': representations of surveillance in literary fiction, Mike Nellis
Benjamin Goold is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, and a Research Associate at the Oxford University Centre for Criminology. His major research interests are in the use of surveillance technology by the police and the relationship between individual privacy rights and the criminal law.
Daniel Neyland is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology at Lancaster University. His research interests incorporate issues of privacy, surveillance, trust, identity, governance and accountability.
'[T[he book is a timely intervention. ... The chapters of the book are very contemporary, capturing a picture of issues in surveillance and privacy as they currently stand.
The book moves beyond critique and several chapters contain proposald for regulatory or technological measures to counter the diminution of privacy and control over personal information.' - David Barnard-Wills, Cranfield University in Information, Community and Society