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Counter-surveillance as Political Intervention?

Social Semiotics, vol.16 no.4, December 2006


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Resource IDmonahan2006
Resource titleCounter-surveillance as Political Intervention?
Author(s)Torin Monahan
Publication/ sourceSocial Semiotics, vol.16 no.4
Date publishedDecember 2006
Summary text/ abstractThis paper analyzes practices of counter-surveillance/particularly against closed-circuit television systems in urban areas*/and theorizes their political implications. Counter-surveillance is defined as intentional, tactical uses, or disruptions of surveillance technologies to challenge institutional power asym- metries. Such activities can include disabling or destroying surveillance cameras, mapping paths of least surveillance and disseminating that information over the Internet, employing video cameras to monitor sanctioned surveillance systems and their personnel, or staging public plays to draw attention to the prevalence of surveillance in society. The main argument is that current modes of activism tend to individualize surveillance problems and methods of resistance, leaving the institutions, policies, and cultural assumptions that support public surveil- lance relatively insulated from attack.
Library categoriesAnarchism & Action, Direct Action & Protest, Hacktivism, Politics
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