Windows Into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology

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“Windows Into the Soul: Surveillance and Society
in an Age of High Technology”

22-23 April, 2013, Seminar Room 3 (Badia Fiesolana)

Gary T. Marx (MIT)

This workshop will be based on my forthcoming book of the same title. The study is an inquiry into the social, political, cultural and ethical aspects of the new surveillance (articles at are illustrative of my approach  –several are listed below). The emphasis is on a conceptual framework dealing with structures, processes, cultural meanings and experiences that can accommodate and help explain the variation in surveillance tools –whether they involve video, biometry, sensors, RFID chips, GPS, social media and big data sets to mention only a few.  My goals are normative, as well as social scientific,  as I seek frameworks for judging and evaluating public policy.

I will of course draw examples from the policing of protest and law enforcement more broadly, but also from other areas such as work, consumption, school, government. I am also concerned with comparative international questions and the correlates and consequences of technological  form of surveillance which break traditional borders, as well as creating new ones.  (“your papers please”)  (“privacy is not quite like the weather”)  (“children as subjects and agents of surveillance”)

If you are interested in participating, please register with [email protected]

All workshops offered in the Political and Social Sciences Department during the Spring 2013: