Ethical Issues and Citizen Rights in the Era of Digital Government Surveillance

Ethical Issues and Citizen Rights in the Era of Digital Government Surveillance

Robert A. Cropf (Saint Louis University, USA) and Timothy C. Bagwell (Walden University, USA)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: February, 2016|Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 303|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9905-2
ISBN13: 9781466699052|ISBN10: 1466699051|EISBN13: 9781466699069


Questions surrounding the concept of freedom versus security have intensified in recent years due to the rise of new technologies. The increased governmental use of technology for data collection now poses a threat to citizens’ privacy and is drawing new ethical concerns.

Ethical Issues and Citizen Rights in the Era of Digital Government Surveillance focuses on the risks presented by the usage of surveillance technology in the virtual public sphere and how such practices have called for a re-examination of what limits should be imposed. Highlighting international perspectives and theoretical frameworks relating to privacy concerns, this book is a pivotal reference source for researchers, professionals, and upper-level students within the e-governance realm.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Cyber Espionage
  • Digital Forensics
  • Duality Theory Application
  • Employee Surveillance
  • Personal Data Protection
  • School Safety
  • Urban Crime

Reviews and Testimonials

Exploring the boundaries of responsible e-surveillance, the 13 papers in this collection question the legality of collecting student loan debt, argue science fiction films predicted the rise of the surveillance state, and accuse corporations of colluding with the federal government to invade the privacy of individuals. The contributors find that current laws are struggling to keep up with practices that place in peril many human rights in the U.S., and recommend directions for possible alternatives at the individual and societal levels. Two concluding case studies review disabled student deaths from lack of surveillance and the status of e-government in Malaysia.

– ProtoView Reviews

A must-read edition which focuses on the ethical issues of protection in times of terrorism. This text invites profound philosophical reflections which serve sociologists, psychologist, philosophers and any other social scientist who retain concern and interest in the effects of terrorism in daily life. A highly recommendable book!

– Maximiliano E. Korstanje, University of Palermo, Argentina

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Robert A. Cropf, Professor of Political Science and Director of the M.P.A. Program at Saint Louis University, teaches in the area of public administration and conducts research in the areas of e-governance, policy process, public budgeting, comparative public administration, and state and local politics. Dr. Cropf has been with Saint Louis University since 1991. Dr. Cropf received a B.A. in Government from Cornell and his M.P.A. and Ph.D. from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. At SLU, he has served as Director of the M.P.A. Program and Chair of the Department of Public Policy Studies. Dr. Cropf is associate editor of the International Journal of Electronic Government Research and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Information Communication Technologies and Human Development. He is a member of an editorial board of the Advances in Knowledge Communities and Social Networks book series. He is also frequent contributor to the St. Louis Beacon. Dr. Cropf teaches graduate courses in public administration and public finance. He received the Saint Louis University Graduate Student Association Mentor's Award in 2002. Dr. Cropf's research focuses on the areas of public finance, public administration, and policy analysis. He is the author of Public Administration in the Twenty-first Century (Longman 2008) and The Public Administration Casebook (Longman 2011) and editor of Information and Communication Technologies and the Virtual Public Sphere (ICI Global 2011). He has published articles on e-governance, virtual public spheres, and the effect of campaign contributions on state legislators. Dr. Cropf is part of a team that received a $45,000 grant from the BNSF Foundation to develop an on-line graduate course on the future of U.S. rail transportation.
Tim Bagwell Timothy Bagwell is a Contributing Faculty member at Walden University chairing dissertation committees and mentor Ph.D. Candidates. Bagwell holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis and Administration from Saint Louis University. He is a former Associate Professor at American Public University and adjunct faculty member in project management at Saint Louis. Bagwell has worked in nearly every phase of Information Technology including operations, quality assurance, application development, training and Internet publishing largely in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and health insurance fields.