Towards a unified conceptual model for surveillance theories

Barn, Balbir and Barn, Ravinder (2018) Towards a unified conceptual model for surveillance theories. In: 40th International Conference on Software Engineering Software in Society Track, 27 May - 03 Jun 2018, Gothenburg, Sweden. (Accepted/In press)

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The erosion of values such as privacy can be a critical factor in preventing the acceptance of new innovative technology especially in challenging environments such as the criminal justice system. Erosion of privacy happens through either deliberate or inadvertent surveillance. Since Bentham’s original liberal project in the 1900s, a literature and a whole study area around theories of surveillance has developed. Increasingly this general body of work has focussed on the role of information technology as a vehicle for surveillance activity. Despite an abundance of knowledge, a uni!ed view of key surveillance concepts that is useful to designers of information systems in preventing or reducing unintended surveillance remains elusive. This paper contributes a conceptual model that synthesises the gamut of surveillance theories as a !rst step to a theory building effort for use by Information Systems professionals. The model is evaluated using a design science research paradigm using data from both examples of surveillance and a recently completed research project that developed technology for the UK youth justice system.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 23611
Notes on copyright: © {Owner/Author | ACM} 2018. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in ICSE-SEIS’18: Proceedings of the 40th International Conference on Software Engineering: Software Engineering in Society Track,
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Depositing User: Balbir Barn
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2018 15:43
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:06

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