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The Ethics of Surveillance: An Introduction

Kevin Macnish



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27 July 2017
Philosophy; Ethics & moral philosophy; Social & political philosophy
The Ethics of Surveillance: An Introduction systematically and comprehensively examines the ethical issues surrounding the concept of surveillance. Addressing important questions such as:

Is it ever acceptable to spy on one's allies? To what degree should the state be able to intrude into its citizens' private lives in the name of security? Can corporate espionage ever be justified? What are the ethical issues surrounding big data? How far should a journalist go in pursuing information? Is it reasonable to expect a degree of privacy in public? Is it ever justifiable for a parent to read a child's diary?

Featuring case studies throughout, this textbook provides a philosophical introduction to an incredibly topical issue studied by students within the fields of applied ethics, ethics of technology, privacy, security studies, politics, journalism and human geography.
By:   Kevin Macnish
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   318g
ISBN:   9781138643796
ISBN 10:   1138643793
Series:   The Ethics of ...
Pages:   228
Publication Date:   27 July 2017
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction Part I - Introducing the Ethics of Surveillance Chapter 1 - History of Thought on Surveillance and the Ethics of Surveillance Chapter 2 - The Wrongs of Surveillance Chapter 3 - Key Ethical Issues in Surveillance Part II - Applied Contexts Chapter 4 - International Espionage Chapter 5 - National Security Chapter 6 - Policing Chapter 7 - Social Welfare Chapter 8 - Corporate Espionage Chapter 9 - Commercial Uses Chapter 10 - Journalism Chapter 11 - Private Investigators Chapter 12 - Workplace Surveillance Chapter 13 - Surveillance in Public Places Chapter 14 - The Young and Old Conclusion Bibliography

Kevin Macnish is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Twente, The Netherlands.

Reviews for The Ethics of Surveillance: An Introduction

Ours is a world where surveillance is too often justified on a good guy vs bad guy, simplistic, paradigm. Macnish demonstrates the complexities in the ethics of surveillance in a thoughtful and comprehensive book that warrants careful reading by developers, users and subjects of surveillance alike. Eric Stoddart, University of St. Andrews, UK This book provides a compelling introduction to the wide range of ethical issues raised by the ever-present surveillance technologies that are characteristic of our world. In this lucid and philosophically sophisticated text, Kevin Macnish considers the implications of not only government espionage, but also the surveillance undertaken in the pursuit of national security, commercial competition and excellence in education and, further, demonstrates the numerous ways in which the practice of surveillance raises fundamental questions for social and political philosophers. Adrian Walsh,

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