Transparency and Surveillance as Sociotechnical Accountability

Transparency and Surveillance as Sociotechnical Accountability : A House of Mirrors

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Surveillance and transparency are both significant and increasingly pervasive activities in neoliberal societies. Surveillance is taken up as a means to achieving security and efficiency; transparency is seen as a mechanism for ensuring compliance or promoting informed consumerism and informed citizenship. Indeed, transparency is often seen as the antidote to the threats and fears of surveillance. This book adopts a novel approach in examining surveillance practices and transparency practices together as parallel systems of accountability. It presents the house of mirrors as a new framework for understanding surveillance and transparency practices instrumented with information technology. The volume centers around five case studies: Campaign Finance Disclosure, Secure Flight, American Red Cross, Google, and Facebook. A series of themed chapters draw on the material and provide cross-case analysis. The volume ends with a chapter on policy implications.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 190 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 431g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8 Halftones, black and white; 8 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138790737
  • 9781138790735
  • 2,565,968

Table of contents

1. Introduction Deborah G. Johnson and Priscilla M. Regan 2. Campaign Finance Disclosure: Transparency Becomes Surveillance Deborah G. Johnson, Priscilla M. Regan, Kent A. Wayland 3. Secure Flight: Hidden Terms of Accountability Roberto Armengol, Deborah G. Johnson and Priscilla M. Regan 4. American Red Cross: Institutional Transparency Requires Surveillance of Institutional Actors Roberto Armengol 5. Google: Simple Data, Powerful Rendering Kent A. Wayland 6. Facebook: Multiple Accountabilities Kent A. Wayland, Deborah G. Johnson and Priscilla M. Regan 7. Online Advertising: A House of Mirrors Alfred C. Weaver 8. Accountability in a House of Mirrors Deborah G. Johnson 9. Trust in a House of Mirrors? Priscilla M. Regan 10. Policy Options for Reconfiguring the Mirrors Priscilla M. Regan and Deborah G. Johnson
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About Deborah G. Johnson

Deborah G. Johnson is Anne Shirley Carter Olsson Professor of Applied Ethics in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society at University of Virginia.

Priscilla M. Regan is Professor in the Department of Public & International Affairs at George Mason University.
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