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Privacy, Surveillance, and the New Media You


Edward Lee Lamoureux

Very little in the American way of life functions adequately under surveillance.  Democracy itself may be at mortal risk due to the loss of privacy and the increase in surveillance.

Examining challenges in a wide range of contexts, this book investigates and critically examines our systems of data management, including the ways that data are collected, exchanged, analyzed, and re-purposed.

The volume calls for re-establishing personal privacy as a societal norm and priority, requiring action on the part of everyone at personal, societal, business, and governmental levels. Because new media products and services are professionally designed and implemented to be frictionless and highly rewarding, change is difficult and solutions are not easy. This volume provides insight into challenges and recommended solutions.

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About the Author


Edward Lee Lamoureux received a B.A. from CSU, Long Beach (Speech, 1975), M.A. from WSU, Pullman (Speech Communication, 1980), and Ph.D. from the U. of Oregon, Eugene (Rhetoric and Communication, 1985). He arrived at Bradley University (in the Department of Communication) in 1985. He is now also in the Department of Interactive Media.

Ed teaches IM 450: Intellectual Property Law and New Media; IM 355: Theories, Concepts, and Practices in Interactive Media; and IM 450/CFA 314: Privacy in the Connected U.S. Ed also teaches COM 303: Rhetorical Perspectives in Organizational Communication, CFA 201: The Entrepreneurial Mindset in Communications and Fine Arts, and CIV 101: Western Civilization.

His research experiences and interests include intellectual property law, privacy, ethnography/field research, rhetoric, religious communication, conversation, teaching and learning in virtual worlds, and non-linear writing. His ← 231 | 232 → publications include Intellectual Property Law and Interactive Media: Free for a Fee, 2nd ed. and Case Analyses for Intellectual Property in New Media (with Steve Baron and Claire Stewart, for Peter Lang Publishers), numerous journal articles and book reviews (primarily about rhetoric and communication). His first non-academic book project is a work of creative non-fiction, Threads.

Ed’s creative production includes audio production and web work as well as communication training via digital embellishments. Lamoureux was on the committee that established the Multimedia Program at Bradley, serving as Interim Director/Director of the Program for three years. Lamoureux was the editor of the Journal of Communication and Religion (Religious Communication...

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