Whitaker (1999). The end of privacy: How total surveillance is becoming a reality

Whitaker, R. (1999). The end of privacy: How total surveillance is becoming a reality. New York. New Press.

…the principle of the panopticon could and should be extended to various bounded sites of human activity, from asylums to the eighteenth-century equivalent of welfare institutions, to workplaces, to schools. Page 33.

The gathering of social statistics permits an historically unprecedented degree of collective self-consciousness. Page 41.

The object is always to construct an understanding of the social world in order to change or control it. Page 47.

…we are not autonomous entities clearly bounded by an inside and an outside; we are instead parts of a larger social ecosystem that combines nature, humanity, and the “artificial” extensions of humanity together in a cybernetic relational web. Page 64.

The private and public data bases that form the dark towers of cyberspace contain the shadow selves of almost every citizen and consumer. These data profiles, or shadow selves, in important ways overshadow our real selves. Page 136.

The strength of this new panopticon is that people tend to participate voluntarily because they see positive benefits from participation, and are less likely to perceive disadvantages or threats. Page 140.

The same panopticon that issues inclusive benefits, punishes by exclusion. Page 142.

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