Surveillance After September 11
September 2003, Polity
Chapter 1: Understanding Surveillance.
Chapter 2: Intensifying Surveillance.
Chapter 3: Automating Surveillance.
Chapter 4: Integrating Surveillance.
Chapter 5: Globalizing Surveillance.
Chapter 6: Resisting Surveillance.
- a timely work on a topic that is constantly in the news;
- considers fundamental questions about the wisdom of reliance on
new technologies, the willingness to trample civil liberties in a
quest for security, and the ways that simple social virtues such as
trust and care can be corroded;
- based on ongoing research by an academic who has worked in the
field for over a decade;
- addresses ethical and political questions that are in danger of
being left to politicians or high-tech companies to discuss;
- presents issues that all of us encounter on a daily basis and hence has a relevance to everyone.
Craig Calhoun, Social Science Research Council, New York
“David Lyon provides a chilling and comprehensive account
of the surveillance response to 9/11 by nation-states and
corporations. His writing is exceptionally clear and graceful, his
scholarship is impeccable, and his judgment is fair and
wise.”Mark Poster, University of California
“A devastating critique on the attempt to engineer
security through ever-increasing surveillance capabilities. Lyon
brilliantly shows us how these begin to function as a clandestine
power that erodes democracy in the name of our
Saskia Sassen, author of Globalization and its Discontents
"Surveillance After September 11 provides the reader with
a very useful analysis of past and current security trends, along
with predictions of possible future devlopments, in the context of
global social change. Lyon's book provides us with a useful,
relevant, clear-minded starting-point."
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