Technology and Surveillance: Democracy in Danger

Krystsina Sinkevich

Section: Barbara Adams

Global Now: Abstract

Headline: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales attacks government’s ‘snooper’s charter’

Date: 09/05/2012

Source: Flipboard


“It is not the sort of thing I’d expect from a western democracy. It is the kind of thing I would expect from the Iranians or the Chinese…,” commented Jimmy Wales on the UK government’s Communication Data Bill proposal that would allow the authorities to conduct mass surveillance of UK citizens under the cloak of investigating criminal activities. Made possible due to the ongoing technological advances, the possibility of such supervision might have serious social and cultural implications. In this regard, the ethical issue of ‘what can be done’ vs. ‘what should be done’ touched on by Anne Balsamo acquires special significance in this case. How technology can be used to shift the borderline between privacy and social control? What should be done to prevent human rights violation? 


Global Issue: Human Rights Violation: Invasion of Privacy

Primary Design Lens: Technology

Secondary Design Lens: Surveillance and social control

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