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Ethics in an Age of Surveillance
Personal Information and Virtual Identities

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  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107570474

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About the Authors
  • People increasingly live online, sharing publicly what might have once seemed private, but at the same time are enraged by extremes of government surveillance and the corresponding invasion into our private lives. In this enlightening work, Adam Henschke re-examines privacy and property in the age of surveillance in order to understand not only the importance of these social conventions, but also their moral relevance. By analyzing identity and information, and presenting a case for a relation between the two, he explains the moral importance of virtual identities and offers an ethically robust solution to designing surveillance technologies. This book should be read by anyone interested in surveillance technology, new information technology more generally, and social concepts like privacy and property.

    • Explores the relation between identity and personal information as a 'dyadic relation', appealing to those for whom personal information is morally important, such as students and scholars of surveillance technologies, new information technologies, and the concepts of privacy and property
    • Henshke's case for a 'dyadic relation' justifies why personal information - particularly innocuous information - is morally important, offering a defence for 'personal information through identity' as something that people can understand as morally important
    • Demonstrates why new surveillance technologies - their application and our use of them - are morally relevant, providing a new way to understand common moral concepts, such as privacy and property in the context of surveillance
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    'Ethics in an Age of Surveillance remains a highly significant work to be reckoned with and responded to by those in the field of surveillance studies. It makes its mark as the first serious, full-length philosophical examination of surveillance. Furthermore, while it may appear unnecessary to some, the grounding of the debate in metaphysics and epistemology offers the field a philosophical depth that it has so far lacked. It is hard to imagine future works being able to ignore this first step on the road to a well-developed and rounded philosophy of surveillance.' Kevin Macnish, Ethics and International Affairs

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107570474
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Surveillance Technologies and Ethical Vacuums:
    1. On the project and its motivation
    2. On privacy
    3. On property
    Part II. Identity and Information:
    4. On identity
    5. On information
    6. On identity and information
    Part III. Ethical Importance of Information:
    7. On importance
    8. On individuals
    9. On institutions
    10. In conclusion
    Appendix 1. Glossary of terms

  • Author

    Adam Henschke, Australian National University, Canberra
    Adam Henschke is an applied ethicist, working on areas that cross over between ethics, technology, and security. He is a lecturer at the National Security College (NSC) at the Australian National University, Canberra, and a research fellow at Technische Universiteit Delft, The Netherlands. His research concerns ethical and philosophical analyses of information technology and its uses, military ethics, and relations between ethics and national security. He has published on surveillance, emerging military technologies, and intelligence and cyberspace. He is Secretary of the Asia-Pacific Chapter of the International Society of Military Ethics (APAC-ISME).

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