Monday, June 29, 2009

Snooping on the snoopers

TheHerald
Can you see your data shadow? A University of Stirling expert is to turn the tables and put surveillance under scrutiny.

Dr William Webster of the Stirling Management School has secured over half a million Euros of funding from the European Science Foundation to study the impact of surveillance on individuals and society over the next four years.

The Living in Surveillance Societies programme sees Webster head up a new Europe-wide network of academics. More than 90 researchers from 15 countries have signed up to the network, which Dr Webster will chair.

He said: "The programme is about facilitating a better understanding of what it is like to live in a society where technologically mediated surveillance is so prevalent - both for the surveyor and the surveyed. It will look at our experiences of the impact of surveillance on people, businesses, technology and governance."

Webster says surveillance is now taking place on an unprecedented scale, with new technology allowing vast amounts of personal data to be collected, analysed, processed and stored.

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