DTEM440-Spring18 Readings & Material

Privacy & Surveillance

DTEM 4440 Spring 2018 Syllabus

The course book is Routledge Handbook of Surveillance Studies (2012) edited by Edited by Kirstie Ball, Kevin Haggerty, David Lyon.

A good booklet on how many of our fundamental technologies work is McNamee et al, How the Internet Works: A guide for policy-makers. European Digital Rights. Also check out Julien Hopkins: How to Define Social Media – An Academic Summary.

Week 1 Course Introduction

Check out The Privacy Paradox from Note to Self. Its a series of 5 letters which include tips and a short podcast explaining the science, psychology, and tech behind each challenge.

Reasons Privacy Matters

Ferenstein (2014) The Birth And Death Of Privacy: 3,000 Years of History Told Through 46 Images. Medium


Jill Lepore: Our evolving attitudes toward surveillance, secrets, and privacy – The New Yorker Festival

The Secret History of American Surveillance

Week 2 Understanding Surveillance


  • Elmer: Panopticon—discipline—control,
  • Bogard: Simulation and post-panopticism


  • Ceyhan: Surveillance as biopower

An Introduction to Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish – A Macat Sociology Analysis

PHILOSOPHY – Michel Foucault


The Toilet An unspoken History

Week 3 Difference, Politics, Privacy


  • Koskela: “You shouldn’t wear that body”: The problematic of surveillance and gender
  • Weller: The information state: An historical perspective on surveillance


  • Rule: “Needs” for surveillance and the movement to protect privacy
  • Browne: Race and surveillance

Shepard (2016) 5 reasons why surveillance is a feminist issue Gender IT

Bedoya (2016) The Color of Surveillance Slate


Surveillance and Race Online | Simone Browne at MozFest

Week 4 Cultures of Surveillance


  • McGrath: Performing surveillance
  • Andrejevic: Ubiquitous surveillance


  • Kammerer: Surveillance in literature, film and television
  • Smith: Surveillance work(ers)

Does Reality TV Affect Our View On Surveillance? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Week 5 Social Division of Surveillance


  • Sa’di: Colonialism and surveillance
  • Jenkins: Identity, surveillance and modernity: Sorting out who’s who


  • Hayes: The surveillance-industrial complex
  • van der Ploeg: The body as data in the age of information

Pearson J (2017 Digital Surveillance Is Class Warfare MotherBoard

Madden et al (2017) Privacy, Poverty and Big Data: A Matrix of Vulnerabilities for Poor Americans Data&Society

Eubanks (2014) Want to Predict the Future of Surveillance? Ask Poor Communities.

Daniel Solove: Nothing to Hide, Nothing to Fear?

Week 6 Population Control


  • Adey: Borders, identification and surveillance: New regimes of border control
  • Fussey & Coaffee: Urban spaces of surveillance


  • Donaldson: Surveillance and non-humans
  • Taylor: The rise of the surveillance school

History of a Public Controversy: Government Surveillance

Week 7 Crime and Policing


  • Haggerty: Surveillance, crime and the police
  • McCahill: Crime, surveillance and the media


  • Norris: The success of failure: Accounting for the global growth of CCTV
  • Arteaga Botello: Surveillance and urban violence in Latin America: Mega-cities, social division, security and surveillance

Couldry (2016) The price of connection: ‘surveillance capitalism’ The Conversation


The Surveillance Firm Recording Crimes From Baltimore’s Skies

Week 8 Security, intelligence, war


  • Wilson: Military surveillance
  • Bigo: Security, surveillance and democracy


  • Monahan: Surveillance and Terrorism
  • Gates: The globalization of homeland security

Week 9 Digital Spaces of Surveillance


  • Murakami Wood: Globalization and surveillance
  • Bruno: Surveillance and participation on Web 2.0


  • Steeves: Hide and seek: Surveillance of young people on the internet


Astor (2017) Your Roomba May Be Mapping Your Home, Collecting Data That Could Be Shared. New York Times

Kim, D. (2014) Social Media and Academic Surveillance: The Ethics of Digital Bodies, Model View Culture

Online Privacy: How Did We Get Here? | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios

The Power of Privacy – documentary

Big Data and the Algorithmic Citizen

Week 10 Library Session: Introduction to research articles


Week 11 No Class this week


Week 12 Limiting Surveillance


  • Stoddart: A surveillance of care: Evaluating surveillance ethically
  • Raab: Regulating surveillance: The importance of principles


  • Kerr & barrigar: Privacy, identity and anonymity

Weinberg, J. (2017) The Real Costs of Cheap Surveillance. The Conversation

Victor (2016) Study Urges Tougher Oversight for Police Use of Facial Recognition. The New York Times

Feeney (2017) When It Comes to Surveillance, Watch the Watchmen. New York Times


Week 13 Regulation & Resistance


  • Regan: Regulating surveillance technologies: Institutional arrangements
  • Gilliom & Monahan: Everyday resistance


  • Bennett: Privacy advocates, privacy advocacy and the surveillance society
  • Abu-Laban: The politics of surveillance: Civil liberties, human rights and ethics

EFF Surveillance Self Defense

Spy Merchants – Al Jazeera Investigations

Week 14 – 16 Pecha Kucha Presentations & Summing up