Surveillance: Technologies, Techniques and Ramifications

  • Barry G. BlundellEmail author


Since the 1990s there has been a rapid growth in the proliferation of an increasingly diverse range of technologies which are often primarily intended to monitor human activity, and determine (or verify) the identity of the individual. Despite the intrusive nature of such systems and the ways in which they have impacted on a range of privacies, their large-scale deployment has raised little public concern. Here we focus on camera-based surveillance together with a range of biometric techniques (and include discussion on RFID technologies). Why, for example, has the British public (who have traditionally placed such value on privacy) been willing to accept (and often welcome) an endemic level of public space surveillance— whereas other European countries have been far more reluctant to follow this route? Similarly why have so many people been willing to provide biometric data to governments and other organisations? What are the risks of current approaches and the dangers that are associated with the ongoing development of sophisticated and automated surveillance systems?


Surveillance and privacy Camera based surveillance Biometrics RFID Smart video Surveillance and IoT Human implantable microchips Facial recognition Surveillance and schools Illegal bombing of Cambodia 


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