From computer networks to grocery store checkout scanners, it is easier and easier for governments, employers, advertisers, and individuals to gather detailed and sophisticated information about each of us. In this important new collection, the authors question the impact of these new techlogies of surveillance on our privacy and our culture. Although surveillance - literally some people watching over others - is as old as social relationships themselves, with the advent of the computer age this phemen has acquired new and distinctive meanings. techlogical advances have made it possible for surveillance to become increasingly global and integrated - both commercial and government-related personal data flows more frequently across national boundaries, and the flow between private and public sectors has increased as well. Addressing issues of the global integration of surveillance, social control, new information techlogies, private violation and protection, and workplace surveillance, the contributors to this book grapple with the ramifications of these concerns for society today. Timely and provocative, this collection will be of vital interest to anyone concerned with resistance to social control and incursions into privacy.
Elia Zureik is a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Queen's University.