class20 - Surveillance and Panoptic Power Case studies in...

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1 Surveillance and Panoptic Power Case studies in surveillance and Municipal Wireless Projects Surveillance as a part of life -Cameras in elevators, by ATMs, on buildings -On our computers -On our electronic key cards/credit cards, etc. -With our cell phones Primary reason: Safety Secondary reason: Security • Positive ID • Monitoring the environment
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2 Attitudes toward surveillance • “As long as I’m not doing anything wrong, why should I worry?” Panopticon • A structure that gives power to an authority • Jeremy Bentham: 1787 Do we start to think about surveillance as inevitable? • Changing nature of the attitude toward privacy in the U.S. • Policies change with significant events
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3 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) - (1960s) • Anyone with a legitimate request could access the files they needed • The files were on paper Is electronic information protected • Issues of the digital government • Digital Information Act Patriot Act - passed days after 9/11 • Resulted in monitoring of phone records • Library records (including Internet records)
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2009 for the course COMM 334 taught by Professor Jaricehanson during the Spring '09 term at UMass (Amherst).

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