The End of Privacy: How Total Surveillance Is Becoming a Reality

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9781565845695: The End of Privacy: How Total Surveillance Is Becoming a Reality

This work examines how vast amounts of personal information are finding their way into corporate hands. It argues that once there, this data can be combined and used to develope electronic profiles of individuals and groups that are potentially more detailed and intrusive.

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The End of Privacy is a book about power--more specifically, it discusses surveillance as a powerful mechanism of social control. Philosophers such as Jeremy Bentham and Michel Foucault developed the concept of the "panopticon," an ideal prison where compliance with rules is guaranteed through complete and inescapable surveillance. Applying the principles involved to real-world examples that trace the development of surveillance technologies from Second World War military intelligence to the electronic data-veillance of the information revolution, Whitaker provides a thorough analysis of how our society may be gradually approaching panopticism.

Thanks to dramatic technological advances, surveillance monitoring can now provide nearly global coverage, exposing the everyday lives of ordinary people--in the workplace, at school, on the Internet, everywhere--to serve public, private, and prurient interests. Today, Whitaker notes, private-information brokers amass databases for an innumerable variety of commercial purposes--from credit reporting to mass marketing. Vast amounts of detailed personal information, including seemingly useless minutiae, end up in corporate hands. Orwell's monolithic Big Brother has fragmented into a myriad of Little Brothers, which add up to a powerful system with little or no accountability. Who, Whitaker asks, watches the watchers? --Tim Hogan

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Reg Whitaker is a professor of political science at York University in Toronto. He is the author (with Gary Marcuse) of Cold War Canada and has published widely on politics, security, intelligence, and informational power in the modern world.

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Verlag: New York : New Press, (1999)
ISBN 10: 1565845692 ISBN 13: 9781565845695
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Buchbeschreibung New York : New Press, 1999. Originalbroschur. Buchzustand: Sehr gut. 195 S. Ein gutes und sauberes Exemplar. - Prophetic. That was even before 9/11. The author wouldn't know about Facebook and other social media. - "As a political scientist, I am particularly interested in the question of power, how it is exercised and by whom. This book focuses particularly on the impact of the new information technologies on political power. I have been especially attracted to a body of theory that looks at surveillance as a mechanism of power. Marx incisively analyzed the relationship between economic and political power in the age of capitalism, but left the specific mechanisms, or technologies, of power largely unaddressed. Another line of thought, exemplified in the work of the late French philosopher Michel Foucault, has emphasised surveillance and the strategic use of information as tools of social control." (Reg Whitaker). ISBN 9781565845695 Wir versenden am Tag der Bestellung von Montag bis Freitag. Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 550. Artikel-Nr. 1037320

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