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Privacy, Surveillance, and the New Media You

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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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(front cover design concept, Lamoureux)

The Latin inscription at the bottom of the Great Seal (found on the back of a $1 bill, among other places) reads “Novus Ordo Seclorum” and translates to “A New Order of the Ages.” The two images around the author’s name are eyeshades taken from a watercolor and graphite on paper painting, c. 1936, by H. Langden Brown. The painting is in the public domain.

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