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Surveillance, Privacy and Public Space

1st Edition

Edited by Bryce Clayton Newell, Tjerk Timan, Bert-Jaap Koops


250 pages

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Today, public space has become a fruitful venue for surveillance of many kinds. Emerging surveillance technologies used by governments, corporations, and even individual members of the public are reshaping the very nature of physical public space. Especially in urban environments, the ability of individuals to remain private or anonymous is being challenged.

Surveillance, Privacy, and Public Space problematizes our traditional understanding of ‘public space’. The chapter authors explore intertwined concepts to develop current privacy theory and frame future scholarly debate on the regulation of surveillance in public spaces. This book also explores alternative understandings of the impacts that modern living and technological progress have on the experience of being in public, as well as the very nature of what public space really is.

Representing a range of disciplines and methods, this book provides a broad overview of the changing nature of public space and the complex interactions between emerging forms of surveillance and personal privacy in these public spaces. It will appeal to scholars and students in a variety of academic disciplines, including sociology, surveillance studies, urban studies, philosophy, law, communication and media studies, political science, and criminology.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Privacy and Surveillance in the Streets: An Introduction

Bryce Clayton Newell


Chapter 2. In the Privacy of Our Streets

Carissa Véliz

Chapter 3. Building Ivory Surveillance Towers: Transformations of Public Space in Higher Education

Sarah Shoemaker and Patrick Schmidt

Chapter 4. The Changing Nature of Public Space in São Paulo: A Taxonomic Approach

Anthony Boanada-Fuchs

PART II. Present, Sensed, and Leaving Traces

Chapter 5. A Window into the Soul: Biosensing in Public

Elaine Sedenberg, Richmond Wong, and John Chuang

Chapter 6. Adverse Detection: The Promise and Peril of Body-Worn Cameras

Michael Katell

Chapter 7. "The end of privacy as we know it": Reconsidering Public Space in the Age of Google Glass

Olga Kudina and Melis Baş

PART III. Participation and Surveillance

Chapter 8. Revisiting Privacy in Public Spaces in the Context of Digital Vigilantism

Daniel Trottier

Chapter 9. Emergency Calls with a Photo Attached: The Effects of Urging Citizens to Use their Smartphones for Surveillance

Gerard Jan Ritsema van Eck

Chapter 10. "I’m a Creep, I’m a Weirdo": Street Photography in the Service of the Male Gaze

Stuart Hargreaves

PART IV. Regulation, Privacy, and Public Space

Chapter 11. Legal Standards of Location Privacy in Light of the Mosaic Theory

Aleš Završnik and Primož Križnar

Chapter 12. State Surveillance and Privacy in North American Public Spaces

Bryce Clayton Newell, Silvia De Conca, and Kristen Thomasen

About the Editors

Bryce Clayton Newell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Science at the University of Kentucky. In his research, he focuses on understanding the impact that surveillance and information and communication technologies (ICTs) have on individuals, society, and the law.

Tjerk Timan is a policy advisor and researcher at TNO, the Netherlands. He has been publishing on topics of policing technologies, surveillance theory and practices, and privacy. Recently, he has co-edited a book on privacy in public space.

Bert-Jaap Koops is Professor of Regulation & Technology at TILT, Tilburg University. In 2016/17 he was Distinguished Lorentz Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advances Study (NIAS). He publishes widely on cybercrime, cyber-investigation, privacy, and data protection, including recently ‘A Typology of Privacy’ and ‘Bentham, Deleuze and Beyond’.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Surveillance

Surveillance is one of the fundamental sociotechnical processes underpinning the administration, governance and management of the modern world. It shapes how the world is experienced and enacted. The much-hyped growth in computing power and data analytics in public and private life, successive scandals concerning privacy breaches, national security and human rights have vastly increased its popularity as a research topic. The centrality of personal data collection to notions of equality, political participation and the emergence of surveillant authoritarian and post-authoritarian capitalisms, among other things, ensure that its popularity will endure within the scholarly community.

A collection of books focusing on surveillance studies, this series aims to help to overcome some of the disciplinary boundaries that surveillance scholars face by providing an informative and diverse range of books, with a variety of outputs that represent the breadth of discussions currently taking place.

Kirstie Ball is Professor in Management at St Andrews University, UK.

William Webster is Professor of Public Policy and Management at the University of Stirling, UK.

Charles Raab is a Professorial Fellow within the department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Pete Fussey is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at University of Essex, UK.

The series editors are directors of the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy (CRISP). CRISP is an interdisciplinary research centre whose work focuses on the political, legal, economic and social dimensions of the surveillance society.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General