Surveillance and Democracy by Professor Kevin D. Haggerty
This group represents the first ever attempt to deal with complex and often contradictory relations between observation and democracy. Is monitoring an impediment to democratic processes, or is it a…
Surveillance and Democracy synopsis
This group represents the first ever attempt to deal with complex and often contradictory relations between observation and democracy. Is monitoring an impediment to democratic processes, or is it a necessary component of democracy? How did the legacy of post-9/11 monitoring processes shape democratic processes? Since surveillance measures are increasingly justified in terms of national security, is there a possibility of a shadow "security state"? How can the new control measures change the perceptions of citizens and citizenship that are at the heart of democracy? How can new communications and surveillance systems (or limit) increase the likelihood of meaningful public activity?
Monitoring has become central to human endeavors and human knowledge, and is the cornerstone of government practices in various institutional worlds. This social shift towards extensive, intensive and integrated surveillance has led to many consequences.
It has also raised concerns about the implications of monitoring for democratic processes. Which raises a series of questions - about what monitoring means, and may mean, for civil liberties, political processes, public discourse, state coercion and general approval - that leading observational scientists are gathered here.
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