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Surveillance as Social Sorting: Privacy, Risk and Automated Discrimination



Why is surveillance harmful to society?

Surveillance dehumanises society as:

  • It compromises the legal concept of  innocent until found guilty
  • Discriminates against minorities
  • Social profiling
  • Racial profiling


Professor David Lyon (Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada) discusses surveillance in the age of new communication and information technologies for the American Sociological Association. For more information, visit

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