The Classical Liberal Case for Privacy in a World of Surveillance and Technological Change

  • Chris Berg

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism book series (PASTCL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Chris Berg
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  13. Back Matter
    Pages 215-222

About this book


How should a free society protect privacy? Dramatic changes in national security law and surveillance, as well as technological changes from social media to smart cities mean that our ideas about privacy and its protection are being challenged like never before. In this interdisciplinary book, Chris Berg explores what classical liberal approaches to privacy can bring to current debates about surveillance, encryption and new financial technologies. Ultimately, he argues that the principles of classical liberalism – the rule of law, individual rights, property and entrepreneurial evolution – can help extend as well as critique contemporary philosophical theories of privacy.

Chris Berg is a Senior Research Fellow at the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, RMIT University, Australia. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs, Australia and an Academic Fellow with the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. Berg is one of Australia’s most prominent voices for free markets and individual liberty and a leading authority on regulation, economic freedom, civil liberties and technological change.


Economic philosophy Classical Liberalism Economics of privacy Political philosophy Technological change Market economy Value of privacy Development of individualism Public and private Psychology of privacy Liberal contractarian model of government Violations of privacy Reselling data Telecommunications and internet surveillance Privacy and speech Freedom of speech Financial privacy Blockchain New technologies

Authors and affiliations

  • Chris Berg
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  1. 1.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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