Resisting Government Internet Surveillance by Participating in Politics Online and Offline

Resisting Government Internet Surveillance by Participating in Politics Online and Offline

Brian S. Krueger (University of Rhode Island, USA)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-594-8.ch006
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Abstract

While more is probably known about the causes of political participation than any other political behavior, the research program suffers in that it generally assumes citizens operate within an unproblematic surveillance context. This chapter argues that the growing use of the Internet for political participation and the government’s expanded electronic surveillance capacities make this assumption increasingly dubious. Drawing on Michel Foucault’s insights concerning surveillance and resistance, I develop empirical hypotheses related to surveillance and Internet political participation. Testing these hypotheses using data derived from a unique probability sample survey of U.S. Internet users, surveillance is shown to influence online political activity. Those who oppose the current administration, and who perceive the government monitors their Internet behavior, participate in politics online at the highest rates. Next, I test whether perceptions of online surveillance lead to a similar higher probability of conventional offline political activity. The results suggest that for those opposed to the regime’s policies, online surveillance increases the likelihood of engagement in offline political participation.

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Acknowledgment
Todd Loendorf
Chapter 1
G. David Garson
Bush administration information policy raises fundamental questions about the survival of democratic values in what is increasingly a surveillance... Sample PDF
Bush Administration Information Policy and Democratic Values
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Chapter 2
Harry Hammitt
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, there has been a tightening of public access. In response to perceived security threats... Sample PDF
Less Safe: The Dismantling of Public Information Systems after September 11
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Chapter 3
Charles N. Davis
Access to government information in a post-September 11 often involves the resolution of conflicts between privacy rights and the public interest... Sample PDF
Expanding Privacy Rationales under the Federal Freedom of Information Act: Stigmatization as Tailsman
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Chapter 4
Lauren Teffeau, Megan Mustafoff, Leigh Estabrook
This chapter discusses two studies performed by the Library Research Center at the University of Illinois concerning the impact the terrorist... Sample PDF
Access to Information and the Freedom to Access: The Intersection of Public Libraries and the USA PATRIOT Act
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Chapter 5
Abby A. Goodrum
Libraries in the U.S. have long been places of interest to government law enforcement agencies, and academic and public librarians have long sought... Sample PDF
Watching What We Read: Implications of Law Enforcement Activity in Libraries since 9/11
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Chapter 6
Brian S. Krueger
While more is probably known about the causes of political participation than any other political behavior, the research program suffers in that it... Sample PDF
Resisting Government Internet Surveillance by Participating in Politics Online and Offline
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Chapter 7
Jeffrey Roy
In an era of digital government, citizen-centric governance is a central aim, one that is often predicated on more efficient and responsive service... Sample PDF
Security, Sovereignty, and Continental Interoperability: Canada's Elusive Balance
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Chapter 8
Akhlaque Haque
The Patriot Act of 2001 has introduced significant legislative changes impacting how public managers collect, disseminate, and evaluate information... Sample PDF
Information Technology and Surveillance: Implications for Public Administration in a New Word Order
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Chapter 9
David C. Wyld
This chapter provides an overview of RFID (radio frequency identification) and the emerging use of the technology in the governmental sector. It... Sample PDF
The Little Chip that Could: The Public Sector and RFID
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Chapter 10
Todd Loendorf
The tragic events of September 11, 2001, created an environment that was conducive to the expansion of surveillance operations. Furthermore, the... Sample PDF
Out of Control? The Real ID Act of 2005
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