Engelstalige surveillance lectuur: de oogst van 2011

Een kleine greep uit de engelstalige boeken die in de loop van 2011 verschenen zijn rond privacy en surveillance.

  • Robin Tudge: The No-Nonsense Guide to Global Surveillance (New Internationalist, 2011)
    “In the world of CCTV, email and DNA, this book shows the extent to which Big Brother is watching us all.”
    Lees het voorwoord (pdf) en het eerste hoofdstuk A day in the life … ‘Big Brother’ today (pdf).
  • Daniel J. Solove: Nothing to hide. The False Tradeoff between Privacy and Security (2011)
    Lees: introduction (pdf) – excerpt essay (pdf)
  • Colin J. Bennett, Kevin Haggerty (Eds.): Security Games. Surveillance and Control at Mega-Events (2011)
    Security Games addresses the impact of mega-events – such as the Olympic Games and the World Cup – on wider practices of security and surveillance. “Mega-Events” pose peculiar and extensive security challenges. The overwhelming imperative is that “nothing should go wrong.” There are, however, an almost infinite number of things that can “go wrong”; producing the perceived need for pre-emptive risk assessments, and an expanding range of security measures, including extensive forms and levels of surveillance. These measures are delivered by a “security/industrial complex” consisting of powerful transnational corporate, governmental and military actors, eager to showcase the latest technologies and prove that they can deliver “spectacular levels of security”.
    Mega-events have thus become occasions for experiments in monitoring people and places. And, as such, they have become important moments in the development and dispersal of surveillance, as the infrastructure established for mega-events are often marketed as security solutions for the more routine monitoring of people and place. Mega-events, then, now serve as focal points for the proliferation of security and surveillance. They are microcosms of larger trends and processes, through which – as the contributors to this volume demonstrate – we can observe the complex ways that security and surveillance are now implicated in unique confluences of technology, institutional motivations, and public-private security arrangements. As the exceptional conditions of the mega-event become the norm, Security Games: Surveillance and Control at Mega-Events therefore provides the glimpse of a possible future that is more intensively and extensively monitored.