Living in Surveillance Societies (LiSS)

Robert M. Bichler is a member of the EU COST Project “Living in Surveillance Societies (LiSS)“ (ISO 807)
Funded by the European Science Foundation (ESF)
Duration: 2009-2012

Project leader: Dr. William Webster, University of Stirling, United Kingdom

The Unified Theory of Information Research Group participates in the ESF COST Action “Living in Surveillance Societies”. Christian Fuchs is the Austrian management committee member in this project.

Project Description:
Surveillance, the systematic and purposeful attention to the lives of individuals or groups, is an ubiquitous feature of European society with citizens routinely monitored by a range of sophisticated technologies. Increasing levels of surveillance are typically justified by the threat of terrorism, crime and disorder, and to improve public and private services.
The main objective of the Action is to increase and deepen knowledge about living and working in surveillance societies, to better understand the consequences of technologically enhanced surveillance for social questions, such as equity, cohesion and trust, and to make recommendations about its future governance and practice. Integral to this primary objective are core outcomes including the consolidation and evolution of knowledge, improved public policy and practice across Europe, and greater societal awareness of surveillance issues and technologies.
The Action facilitates an interdisciplinary international network of academic surveillance experts and generates important knowledge for citizens, government, public agencies and the private sector.

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