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  1. Sorting for Suspects David Lyon Queen’s University Surveillance Project

  2. “To be sure of apprehending criminals, it is necessary that everyone be supervised” Jacques Ellul 1964

  3. Two preliminary cautions Surveillance today is inevitable and ambiguous; a product of modernity. As such carries risks along with benefits Privacy concepts are also ambiguous and limited; the best relate to self-communication as a voluntary, limited activity in relations of trust.

  4. 9/11 augmented surveillance trends Commercialization Integration Automation Classification

  5. A culture of suspicion Civil liberties threatened vague definitions of ‘terrorism’ dubious softwares increase risks ‘eyes and ears’ promote prejudice Note: dangers are limited by technical deficiencies and human resourcefulness

  6. A Culture of Control Problems with profiling Data fragments and personal accounts Nothing to hide but your category 9/11 suspects are apprehended by other means

  7. Technique rules Ends and Means Binding and Blinding Voices and Choices Inverted priorities

  8. Flesh or Files? A quest for relevant ethical ideas to guide technical development in surveillance: Embodiment: abstract data-images are not the person, who has priority Embrace: surveillance triage as exclusionary social sorting creates risks for groups

  9. Difficult choices Facing each situation: there’s no blueprint Finding new words: old concepts wear thin (profiling, not prying; sorting, not spying) Forming new alliances: as surveillance globalizes, so consumer and civil liberties groups discover more in common