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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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Chapter 3: FIP 1: No Secret Data Collection

1. Chapter 5 examines the third FIP, putting data to use as intended/provided.

2. Chapter 7 presents the outcome of my complaints over these forms and practices. UnityPoint Health–Methodist clarified its policies and agreed to modify its forms and paperwork.

Chapter 7: Recommendations

1. I took a group of undergraduate students to San Jose, California, for a week in the summer of 2014, hosted by our friends at Cisco Inc. The students worked on a project developed for them by Cisco and thereby learned a lot about new media workplaces. We are grateful to our friends Susan Monce and Christian Grossmann, Susan’s supervisor Mike Mitchell, and the company, for their patience with us and for hosting us. I spent the week talking with folks at the company and discovered that “it is what it is” applies to many everyday situations in Cisco’s corporate culture.

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