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Transparency and Surveillance as Sociotechnical Accountability

A House of Mirrors, 1st Edition

Edited by Deborah G. Johnson, Priscilla M. Regan


190 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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Surveillance and transparency are both significant and increasingly pervasive activities in neoliberal societies. Surveillance is taken up as a means to achieving security and efficiency; transparency is seen as a mechanism for ensuring compliance or promoting informed consumerism and informed citizenship. Indeed, transparency is often seen as the antidote to the threats and fears of surveillance. This book adopts a novel approach in examining surveillance practices and transparency practices together as parallel systems of accountability. It presents the house of mirrors as a new framework for understanding surveillance and transparency practices instrumented with information technology. The volume centers around five case studies: Campaign Finance Disclosure, Secure Flight, American Red Cross, Google, and Facebook. A series of themed chapters draw on the material and provide cross-case analysis. The volume ends with a chapter on policy implications.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Deborah G. Johnson and Priscilla M. Regan 2. Campaign Finance Disclosure: Transparency Becomes Surveillance Deborah G. Johnson, Priscilla M. Regan, Kent A. Wayland 3. Secure Flight: Hidden Terms of Accountability Roberto Armengol, Deborah G. Johnson and Priscilla M. Regan 4. American Red Cross: Institutional Transparency Requires Surveillance of Institutional Actors Roberto Armengol 5. Google: Simple Data, Powerful Rendering Kent A. Wayland 6. Facebook: Multiple Accountabilities Kent A. Wayland, Deborah G. Johnson and Priscilla M. Regan 7. Online Advertising: A House of Mirrors Alfred C. Weaver 8. Accountability in a House of Mirrors Deborah G. Johnson 9. Trust in a House of Mirrors? Priscilla M. Regan 10. Policy Options for Reconfiguring the Mirrors Priscilla M. Regan and Deborah G. Johnson

About the Editors

Deborah G. Johnson is Anne Shirley Carter Olsson Professor of Applied Ethics in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society at University of Virginia.

Priscilla M. Regan is Professor in the Department of Public & International Affairs at George Mason University.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society

Books in this series consider social science aspects of science studies. Authors discuss how science is socially situated and mediated, how science and technology are shaped by society and society by science and technology. Books will consider the social impact of new technologies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General