New Paper in Surveillance & Society

My new paper in Surveillance & Society has just been published. Here is the abstract:

The article discusses problems of representative views of data and elaborates a concept of the performativity of data. It shows how data used for surveillance contributes in creating suspect subjectivities. In particular, the article focuses on the inductive or explorative processing of data and on the decoupling of data generation and analysis that characterize current use of data for surveillance. It lines out several challenges this poses to established accounts of surveillance: David Lyon’s concept of surveillance as social sorting and Haggerty and Ericson’s “surveillant assemblage”. These problems are attributed to a representationalist view, which focuses on the veracity of data. This can lead to ignoring problematic consequences of surveillance procedures and the full scope of affected persons. Building on an idea by Rita Raley, an alternative account of data as performative is proposed. Using Judith Butler’s concept of “citationality,” this account shows how surveillance is entangled with the production of subjects through data in general. Surveillance is reformulated as a particular way in which subjects are produced that is parasitical to other forms of subjectivation.

 

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New York!

For the coming 10 months I will be in New York as visiting scholar at the New School. I’m looking forward to a great time and lots of interesting academic collaborations.

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On twitter

Due to repeated requests, I’ve now got a twitter acount: @t_matzner. Initially it will mirror or link to the updates on this site and then we’ll see how it develops. But all important information will continue to be posted also here in the federation and open-standard feed friendly manner of blogs.

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Radiodebatte zur Videoüberwachung

Morgen bin ich zu Gast in der Länderzeit auf Deutschlandfunk. Es geht um Videoüberwachung. Weitere Gäste sind Stefan Mayer (MdB, Innenpolitischer Sprecher der CDU/CSU-Bundestagsfraktion), Dr. Imke Sommer (Landesbeauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit des Landes Bremen) und Michael Temme (leitender Polizeidirektor und Direktionsleiter Gefahrenabwehr/ Einsatz, Polizeipräsidium Köln)

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Visiting scholar in Twente

Last month I have been at the 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology in Twente as a visiting scholar. I’ve had very inspiring workshops and discussions. They’ve also produced a short interview about my current work and my background, which can be found on their homepage.

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DIY Data Protection — Empowerment or Burden

The new book Data Protection on the Move that is now available from Springer contains a paper which I have written with colleagues from the Forum Privacy: Carsten Ochs, Philipp K. Masur and Thilo von Pape. In “DIY Data Protection — Empowerment or Burden?” we discuss both empirically and normatively how much responsibility for data protection can and should rest on the individual. In particular we point out the dangers of a perspective on data protection that just asks what the citizens can do rather than taking into account the role of states and companies.

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