Australian Surveillance Studies (AusSS)
A Research Group in the Faculty of Arts and Education
Research @ AusSS
Research at AusSS will focus on:
- What factors contribute to the general expansion of surveillance as a technology of governance in late modern societies?
- What are the underlying principles, technological infrastructures and institutional frameworks that support surveillance practice?
- What are the social consequences of such surveillance both for institutions and for ordinary people? (questions taken from The New Transparency).
- Engage with the diversity of extant surveillance, not only those that are technologically mediated.
- Not regard surveillance as inherently sinister, but deeply ambiguous and always questionable.
- Approach surveillance as social sorting and therefore having important implications for social justice.
- Seek to focus in particular on those groups and individuals negatively affected by surveillance,
Emphasise privacy, civil liberties and human rights.
- Seek to identify policy and governance issues that are not reduced to evermore 'technological solutions.