Surveillance for the Greater Good?


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“The less obvious you are, the safer you are.”- a lesson from security guru Bruce Schneier – on how to remain secure against the NSA.

But it´s not only the NSA you should fear…

Which leads us to the next question; Should we anonymise everything we do online?

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How would you feel, knowing that someone was watching your every online move?

Well, someone is…


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In our digital age, it´s quite common to be connected to all different sites by linking up with your Facebook account. It´s so much easier than the hassle of signing up with your name, email, phone number, address etc. It will save you a couple of minutes but, is it worth it?


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We are more than willingly letting both people and companies spy on us through our online activity. With all the apps, contests, games and sites we sign up for, not even God knows what kind of information we are giving away.

In the article “Surveillance Ethics” Macnish stresses that one of the main arguments against surveillance is that it poses a threat to privacy, which is of value to the individual and to society. This raises a number of questions about privacy, what it is and to what extent and why it is valuable.

People are aware of the consequences of oversharing, but some still don´t seem to care.

To be (on social media) or not to be- That is the question.


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Social media addicts- and others- might say “If you got nothing to hide, you got nothing to fear”.

They might be on to something, because if we´re not actually doing anything illegal, then why should we have to go through these extra steps to secure our devices? That is a common thought. But remember- and never forget; it can be someone who´s simply after stealing your bank details or even worse; your full identity.


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Despite this Wallace (2003) writes that a surprisingly large number of Americans don’t want to be connected. This is people who have tasted what online life is like or live with the Internet literally in the next room.

As we can see, not everyone wants to share private stuff and put their information on the internet. In this case, I think having a hint of paranoia is a good quality.

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Though some of us refuse to get caught up in the trend, social networking has had a huge impact on how people communicate and interact with each other.

O’Donnell (2009) stresses that the problem with much of her research on social identity is that surveillance is either seen as ‘good’ or ‘bad’.

But at the end; One of the biggest problems with social networks is the fact that people disconnecting from the real world.


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“Surveillance Ethics,” by Kevin Macnish, The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ISSN 2161-0002,, retrieved September 3 2016.

O’Donnell, AT 2009, ‘Who is watching you, and why? : a social identity analysis of surveillance’, British Library EThOS, retrieved September 4 2016.

Wallace, N 2003, ‘Some Americans Remain Offline by Choice’, Chronicle Of Philanthropy, 14, Academic OneFile, retrieved September 5 2016.





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