Many contemporary surveillance practices take place in information infrastructures which are from the public domain. Although they have far reaching consequences for both citizens and their rights, they are not always subject to regulatory demands and oversight. This being said, democratic fora where citizens and institutions may question such practices cannot be mobilised without widespread awareness of the dangers and consequences of surveillance practices and who is responsible for them.

Through an analysis of surveillance controversies across Europe, this book not only examines the troublesome relationship between surveillance and democracy; but also highlights the vested interests which maintain the status quo. Using a participatory theory lens, Surveillance and Democracy in Europe reveals the historical, social, political and legal antecedents of the current state of affairs.

Arguing that participation is a sensitising concept which enables a wide array of surveillance practices and processes to be interrogated, this insightful volume will appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as public administration and policy, political studies, organisational behaviour and surveillance and privacy.

chapter 1|15 pages

Surveillance and democracy

Sympathies and antagonisms
ByKirstie Ball, Rocco Bellanova, William Webster

chapter 2|14 pages

Surveillance theory meets participatory theory

ByKirstie Ball, Tjerk Timan, William Webster

chapter 3|21 pages

The cases

ANPR, credit scoring and Neighbourhood Watch 1
ByKirstie Ball

chapter 4|18 pages

Search and indignify

Automatic Number Plate Recognition in Europe 1
ByKirstie Ball

chapter 5|22 pages

Blacklists and black holes

Credit scoring in Europe 1
ByKirstie Ball

chapter 6|17 pages

Peers and prejudice

Neighbourhood Watch in Europe 1
ByKirstie Ball

chapter 7|12 pages

Surveillance and democracy

Towards a new analytical language
ByKirstie Ball, William Webster