Newell Announces New Textbook on Surveillance, Privacy and Public Space

(July 16, 2018) -Dr. Bryce Newell (Assistant Professor, Information Communication Technology) published a new book in the area of surveillance technologies. Surveillance, Privacy and Public Spacewas released in July 2018 by Routledge as part of its collection of books focusing on surveillance studies. 

The book was edited by Dr. Newell, along with Tjerk Timan, a policy advisor and researcher at The Netherlands Organization (TNO), and Bert-Jaap Koops, professor at Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT). The textbook provides a broad overview of the changing nature of public space and the complex interactions between emerging forms of surveillance and personal privacy. 

According to the publisher, “Surveillance, Privacy and Public Spaceproblematizes our traditional understanding of ‘public space.’ The chapter authors explore intertwined concepts to develop current privacy theory and frame future scholarly debate on the regulation of surveillance in public spaces. This book also explores alternative understandings of the impacts that modern living and technological progress have on the experience of being in the public, as well as the very nature of what public space really is.” 

“Surveillance and privacy in public space have been at odds with each other for a long time,” Newell said. “However, it is important to re-focus on these issues now, as facial recognition (and other forms of biometric identification), geolocational tracking, and many forms of participatory surveillance and digital vigilantism have become a reality, threatening privacy rights as well as rights to anonymity, association, and free speech, and enabling new forms of harassment and discrimination.”

Surveillance, Privacy and Public Spaceis available in eBook and hardback format. More information is available from Routledge here.

Dr. Newell focuses on understanding the impact of surveillance and information and communication technologies (ICTs) have on individuals, society, and the law. For a list of his current publications and professional work, please see visit his website.

UK SIS congratulates Dr. Newell on the launch of this new book.