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Transparency and Surveillance as Sociotechnical Accountability : A House of Mirrors, Hardback Book

Transparency and Surveillance as Sociotechnical Accountability : A House of Mirrors Hardback

Edited by Deborah G. (University of Virginia, USA) Johnson, Priscilla M. (George Mason University, USA) Regan

Part of the Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society series


Surveillance and transparency are both significant and increasingly pervasive activities in neoliberal societies.

Surveillance is taken up as a means to achieving security and efficiency; transparency is seen as a mechanism for ensuring compliance or promoting informed consumerism and informed citizenship.

Indeed, transparency is often seen as the antidote to the threats and fears of surveillance.

This book adopts a novel approach in examining surveillance practices and transparency practices together as parallel systems of accountability.

It presents the house of mirrors as a new framework for understanding surveillance and transparency practices instrumented with information technology.

The volume centers around five case studies: Campaign Finance Disclosure, Secure Flight, American Red Cross, Google, and Facebook.

A series of themed chapters draw on the material and provide cross-case analysis.

The volume ends with a chapter on policy implications.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 190 pages, 8 Halftones, black and white; 8 Illustrations, black and white
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Media studies
  • ISBN: 9781138790735



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