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Shareveillance

The Dangers of Openly Sharing and Covertly Collecting Data

2018
Author:

Clare Birchall

Shareveillance

Cracking open the politics of transparency and secrecy

In an era of open data and ubiquitous dataveillance, what does it mean to “share”? This book argues that we are all “shareveillant” subjects, called upon to be transparent and render data open at the same time as the security state invests in practices to keep data closed. Drawing on Jacques Rancière’s “distribution of the sensible,” Clare Birchall reimagines sharing in terms of a collective political relationality beyond the veillant expectations of the state.

In an era of open data and ubiquitous dataveillance, what does it mean to “share”? This book argues that we are all “shareveillant” subjects, called upon to be transparent and render data open at the same time as the security state invests in practices to keep data closed. Drawing on Jacques Rancière’s “distribution of the sensible,” Clare Birchall reimagines sharing in terms of a collective political relationality beyond the veillant expectations of the state.

Shareveillance

Clare Birchall is senior lecturer at King’s College London. She is author of Knowledge Goes Pop: From Conspiracy Theory to Gossip and coeditor of New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory.

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