Surveillance, power, and everyday life

David Lyon

in The Oxford Handbook of Information and Communication Technologies

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199548798
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

Surveillance, power, and everyday life

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Surveillance grows constantly, especially in the countries of the global north. Although as a set of practices it is as old as history itself, systematic surveillance became a routine and inescapable part of everyday life in modern times and is now, more often than not, dependent on information and communication technologies (ICTs). Indeed, it now makes some sense to talk of ‘surveillance societies’, so pervasive is organizational monitoring of many kinds. Fast developing technologies combined with new governmental and commercial strategies mean that new modes of surveillance proliferate, making surveillance expansion hard to follow, let alone analyse or regulate.

Keywords: ICTs; surveillance; organizational monitoring; commercial strategies; government strategies; everyday life

Article.  8673 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Knowledge Management ; Business Ethics

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