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Title: Living in surveillance societies: The normalisation of surveillance in Europe and the threat of Britain’s bad example
Author(s): Murakami Wood, David
Webster, C William R
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Keywords: CCTV
Surveillance Society
Electronic surveillance Social aspects
Computers and civilization
Information technology Social aspects
Issue Date: 2009
Date Deposited: 28-Oct-2010
Citation: Murakami Wood D & Webster CWR (2009) Living in surveillance societies: The normalisation of surveillance in Europe and the threat of Britain’s bad example. Journal of Contemporary European Research, 5 (2), pp. 259-273.
Abstract: This article argues that surveillance is becoming increasingly normalised across Europe and that this is altering the landscape of liberty and security. It identifies this normalisation as a product of the globalisation of surveillance, the domestication of security, the desire of the European Union (EU) to create a distinct leading role in security, and the influence of the 'bad example' of the United Kingdom (UK). The article uses the two very different examples of video-surveillance and electronic public services in the UK to make this case and to argue for both stronger resistance to calls to make human rights more flexible in a risk and security-driven age and more detailed research into the differences between emerging surveillance societies in Europe.
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