Today, public space has become a fruitful venue for surveillance of many kinds. Emerging surveillance technologies used by governments, corporations, and even individual members of the public are reshaping the very nature of physical public space. Especially in urban environments, the ability of individuals to remain private or anonymous is being challenged.

Surveillance, Privacy, and Public Space problematizes our traditional understanding of ‘public space’. The chapter authors explore intertwined concepts to develop current privacy theory and frame future scholarly debate on the regulation of surveillance in public spaces. This book also explores alternative understandings of the impacts that modern living and technological progress have on the experience of being in public, as well as the very nature of what public space really is.

Representing a range of disciplines and methods, this book provides a broad overview of the changing nature of public space and the complex interactions between emerging forms of surveillance and personal privacy in these public spaces. It will appeal to scholars and students in a variety of academic disciplines, including sociology, surveillance studies, urban studies, philosophy, law, communication and media studies, political science, and criminology.

chapter 1|15 pages

Privacy and surveillance in the streets

An introduction

chapter 2|17 pages

In the privacy of our streets

chapter 3|18 pages

Building ivory surveillance towers

Transformations of public space in higher education

chapter 4|24 pages

The changing nature of public space in São Paulo

A taxonomic approach

chapter 5|24 pages

A window into the soul

Biosensing in public

chapter 6|20 pages

Adverse detection

The promise and peril of body-worn cameras

chapter 7|22 pages

“The end of privacy as we know it”

Reconsidering public space in the age of Google Glass

chapter 9|22 pages

Emergency calls with a photo attached

The effects of urging citizens to use their smartphones for surveillance

chapter |20 pages

10 “I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo” 1

Street photography in the serviceof the male gaze