The Ethics of Surveillance: An Introduction systematically and comprehensively examines the ethical issues surrounding the concept of surveillance. Addressing important questions such as:
Featuring case studies throughout, this textbook provides a philosophical introduction to an incredibly topical issue studied by students within the fields of applied ethics, ethics of technology, privacy, security studies, politics, journalism and human geography.
"Ours is a world where surveillance is too often justified on a good guy vs bad guy, simplistic, paradigm. Macnish demonstrates the complexities in the ethics of surveillance in a thoughtful and comprehensive book that warrants careful reading by developers, users and subjects of surveillance alike."
Eric Stoddart, University of St. Andrews, UK
"This book provides a compelling introduction to the wide range of ethical issues raised by the ever-present surveillance technologies that are characteristic of our world. In this lucid and philosophically sophisticated text, Kevin Macnish considers the implications of not only government espionage, but also the surveillance undertaken in the pursuit of national security, commercial competition and excellence in education and, further, demonstrates the numerous ways in which the practice of surveillance raises fundamental questions for social and political philosophers.?"
Adrian Walsh, University of New England, Australia
Part I – Introducing the Ethics of Surveillance
Chapter 1 - History of Thought on Surveillance and the Ethics of Surveillance
Chapter 2 - The Wrongs of Surveillance
Chapter 3 - Key Ethical Issues in Surveillance
Part II – Applied Contexts
Chapter 4 – International Espionage
Chapter 5 – National Security
Chapter 6 – Policing
Chapter 7 – Social Welfare
Chapter 8 – Corporate Espionage
Chapter 9 – Commercial Uses
Chapter 10 – Journalism
Chapter 11 – Private Investigators
Chapter 12 – Workplace Surveillance
Chapter 13 – Surveillance in Public Places
Chapter 14 – The Young and Old
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Each engaging textbook from The Ethics of… series focuses on a significant ethical issue and provides a clear and stimulating explanation of the surrounding philosophical discussions. Focusing on moral debates at the forefront of contemporary society they have been designed for use by students studying philosophy, applied ethics, global ethics and related subjects such as politics, international relations and sociology. Features to aid study include chapter summaries, study questions, annotated further reading and glossaries.