Electronic Surveillance for the Public Good

Electronic Surveillance for the Public Good

Liz Lee-Kelley (University of Surrey, UK) and Ailsa Kolsaker (University of Surrey, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-947-2.ch192
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The central government in the UK is determined to employ new surveillance technology to combat the threat of terrorist activities. This chapter contributes to the important debate on the relationship between citizens and the government, by discussing not whether electronic surveillance should be used, but rather, when it is acceptable to the populace. From our analysis, we conclude that a reconciliation of state-interest and self-interest is critical for the success of e-governance; as such, electronic surveillance’s mission has to be about serving the law-abiding majority and their needs, and its scope and benefits must be clearly understood by the visionaries, implementers and the citizenry.

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