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- DescriptionSurveillance is a divisive issue-one might say it is inherently controversial. Used by private industry, law enforcement, and for national security, it can be a potent tool for protecting resources and assets. It can also be extremely invasive, calling into question our basic rights to freedom and privacy. Introduction to Surveillance Studies explores techlogical trends, past- and present-day rationales for surveillance and surveillance devices, and current social issues surrounding them. The book begins with a brief historical perspective on the evolution of surveillance techlogies, then charts the development of modern-day devices from the invention of radar to the dawn of the Internet. Next, it describes emerging techlogies-including GIS, GPS devices, Google Maps, biometric techlogy, surveillance cameras, global satellites, miniaturization of devices, and social media-that are challenging tions of privacy and the right of access to information. While focusing on the techlogy, the book also discusses surveillance as a phemen and what these techlogies mean to our understanding of freedom, privacy, and the impact of techlogy on communications and the structure of society. Enhanced with numerous photos, the book presents the pros and cons-and some of the controversy-of these increasingly sophisticated techlogies, their collective impact, and what the future may hold. It is ideal for those new to surveillance; security, military, and law enforcement professionals who utilize surveillance techlogies; and students of privacy, constitutional freedom, journalism, and sociology.
- Author BiographyJ.K. Petersen has been a computer and telecommunications educator, consultant, and writer for over 25 years, observing the emergence of consumer electronics into the mainstream since hobbyist days.
- Author(s)J. K. Petersen
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Inc
- Date of Publication07/11/2012
- SubjectEngineering & Technology: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Place of PublicationBosa Roca
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCRC Press Inc
- Content Note139 black & white illustrations, 28 black & white tables
- Weight884 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound
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