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National Security Surveillance in Southern Africa

An Anti-Capitalist Perspective

Jane Duncan (University of Johannesburg)



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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
28 July 2022
In spite of Edward Snowden's disclosures about government abuses of dragnet communication surveillance, the surveillance industry continues to expand around the world. Many people have become resigned to a world where they cannot have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

The author looks at what can be done to rein in these powers and restructure how they are used beyond the limited and often ineffective reforms that have been attempted. Using southern Africa as a backdrop, and its liberation history, Jane Duncan examines what an anti-capitalist perspective on intelligence and security powers could look like. Are the police and intelligence agencies even needed, and if so, what should they do and why? What lessons can be learnt from how security was organised during the struggles for liberation in the region?

Southern Africa is seeing thousands of people in the region taking to the streets in protests. In response, governments are scrambling to acquire surveillance technologies to monitor these new protest movements. Southern Africa faces no major terrorism threats at the moment, which should make it easier to develop clearer anti-surveillance campaigns than in Europe or the US. Yet, because of tactical and strategic ambivalence about security powers, movements often engage in limited calls for intelligence and policing reforms, and fail to provide an alternative vision for policing and intelligence. Surveillance and Intelligence in Southern Africa examines what that vision could look like.
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9780755640225
ISBN 10:   0755640225
Pages:   248
Publication Date:  
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction Chapter 1: National security surveillance and anti-capitalism: A theoretical discussion Chapter 2: Doing security differently?: National security surveillance in southern Africa Chapter 3: Lawful interception as imperialism Chapter 4: Mass surveillance and national security imperialism Chapter 5: The global trade in spyware Chapter 6: Police as spies: Securitization of protests and intelligence-led policing Chapter 7: Fortress South Africa: Securitizing identity and border management Conclusion Notes References Index

Jane Duncan is a Professor in the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Johannesburg.

Reviews for National Security Surveillance in Southern Africa: An Anti-Capitalist Perspective

Jane Duncan, an activist with a long history monitoring the South Africa's intelligence services, has written one of the first critical accounts of the workings of spy agencies that conduct national security surveillance in the Southern African region to chart how security powers should be organized in an anti-capitalist society and how to get there. * Sean Jacobs, Associate Professor of International Affairs, The New School, USA * Jane Duncan has written a masterpiece, bristling with original insights regarding crucial developments in national security surveillance, especially in southern Africa. The book deserves worldwide attention because it outlines a future we will all may be facing, unless action is taken. This book provides an illuminating picture of the emerging trends. * Robert McChesney, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign *

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