The Privacy Advocates
Resisting the Spread of Surveillance
- Semi-finalist, 2008 Donald McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communications Policy Research, given by the Donald McGannon Communication Research Center.
288 pp., 6 x 9 in, 11 figures
- Published: August 29, 2008
- Published: August 13, 2010
An analysis of the people and groups who have emerged to challenge the increasingly intrusive ways personal information is captured, processed, and disseminated.
A thoroughly researched, well structured, and highly readable account of the persons and groups behind the 'privacy movements,' their motivations, strategies, and the conflicts they encounter—this book completes the highly acclaimed, groundbreaking work on the political analysis of regulating privacy.
Herbert Burkert, President, Research Centre for Information Law, University of St.Gallen, Switzerland
A major contribution to the literature of information privacy and social movements. In this fascinating book, Colin Bennett asks and answers all the key questions about privacy advocates. He explores the who, what, when, and why of policy battles against new surveillance practices. Bennett also provides insightful predictions about the future of networked privacy advocates in civil society.
Paul M. Schwartz, School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
In this concise, clearly written and highly informative little volume Colin Bennett continues his scholarly illuminations of the elusive (and sometimes illusive) concept of privacy. However hard to pin down and variable across cultures, there is an increasing, nearly universal sense that many technologically enhanced personal data collection practices go too far. Most of us grimace and bear it, but not those Bennett calls the privacy advocates who form a loose transnational network. This is their story—told with affection and objectivity, and thoughtfully grounded in the contemporary research literature.
Gary T. Marx, Professor Emeritus, M.I.T., and author of Undercover: Police Surveillance in America
Academics could benefit from the book's engagement with theory and practice…And activists could benefit from its ability to connect together causes, ideas, and efforts under the banner of privacy.
The Information Society