People increasingly live online, sharing publicly what might have once seemed private, but at the same time are enraged by extremes of government surveillance and the corresponding invasion into our private lives. In this enlightening work, Adam Henschke re-examines privacy and property in the age of surveillance in order to understand not only the importance of these social conventions, but also their moral relevance. By analyzing identity and information, and presenting a case for a relation between the two, he explains the moral importance of virtual identities and offers an ethically robust solution to design surveillance technologies. This book should be read by anyone interested in surveillance technology, new information technology more generally, and social concepts like privacy and property.
Adam Henschke is an applied ethicist, working on areas that cross over between ethics, technology, and security. He is a lecturer at the National Security College (NSC) at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia and a research fellow at Technische Universiteit Delft, The Netherlands. His research concerns ethical and philosophical analyses of information technology and its uses, military ethics, and relations between ethics and national security. He has published on surveillance, emerging military technologies, and intelligence and cyberspace. He is Secretary of the Asia-Pacific Chapter of the International Society of Military Ethics (APAC-ISME).
Acknowledgements; Part I. Surveillance Technologies and Ethical Vacuums: 1. On the project and its motivation; 2. On privacy; 3. On property; Part II. Identity and Information: 4. On identity; 5. On information; 6. On identity and information; Part III. Ethical Importance of Information: 7. On importance; 8. On individuals; 9. On institutions; 10. In conclusion; Appendix 1. Glossary of terms; Bibliography; Index.