Internet and Surveillance

Fuchs, Christian, Kees Boersma, Anders Albrechtslund and Marisol Sandoval (Eds.). 2011. Internet and Surveillance: The Challenges of Web 2.0 and Social Media. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-89160-8. EU COST Publication. 332 pages.

With contributions by: Anders Albrechtslund, Thomas Allmer, Mark
Andrejevic, David Arditi, Roberto Armengol, Kees Boersma, Miyase
Christensen, Christian Fuchs, David W. Hill, André Jansson, Deborah G.
Johnson, David Lyon, Thomas Mathiesen, Marisol Sandoval, Iván Székely,
Monika Taddicken, Daniel Trottier, Kent Wayland, Rolf H. Weber

The publication has been supported by EU COST – European Cooperation in
Science and Technology and the EU COST Action IS0807 “Living in
Surveillance Societies“.

This book is the first ever published volume that is dedicated to
Internet surveillance in the age of what has come to be termed “social
media” or “web 2.0″ (blogs, wikis, file sharing, social networking
sites, microblogs, user-generated content sites, etc). The Internet has
been transformed in the past years from a system primarily oriented on
information provision into a medium for communication and
community-building. The notion of “Web 2.0”, social software, and social
networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace have emerged in
this context. With such platforms comes the massive provision and
storage of personal data that are systematically evaluated, marketed,
and used for targeting users with advertising. In a world of global
economic competition, economic crisis, and fear of terrorism after 9/11,
both corporations and state institutions have a growing interest in
accessing this personal data. Here, contributors explore this changing
landscape by addressing topics such as commercial data collection by
advertising, consumer sites and interactive media; self-disclosure in
the social web; surveillance of file-sharers; privacy in the age of the
internet; civil watch-surveillance on social networking sites; and
networked interactive surveillance in transnational space. This book is
a result of a research action launched by the intergovernmental network
COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).