"Like a high quality electromagnet, David Lyon has attracted a group of authors who are producing some the best thinking and writing about privacy and surveillance being published these days... By bringing GIS, Intelligent Transportation Systems and applications of genetic profiling into the same conversation about identity and identification, Lyon has advanced our understanding of the importance of surveillance and social sorting. By including work that examines the nature of contradictions and assesses the evolving character of resistance, Lyon has given us reason to join the struggle. We are, once again, pleased to be in his debt."
-Oscar H. Gandy, Jr., Herbert I. Schiller Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of "The Panoptic Sort
This book examines some crucial aspects of surveillance processes with a view to showing what constitutes them, why the growth of surveillance is accelerating and what is really at stake personally and politically. It scrutinises individual surveillance systems - for example CCTV, biometrics, intelligent transportation systems, smart cards, on-line profiling - and discusses their implications for our future.