The Economy of Surveillance
AbstractSurveillance is integral to modern societies. This paper considers the economic forces behind surveillance, the use of surveillance in the private sector, and the social consequences for the continued growth of surveillance over the past several centuries. It argues that the demand for surveillance of people will grow, while the cost of providing surveillance continues to fall. As a result, surveillance will feed upon itself, with detrimental social consequences.
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Date of creation: Mar 2010
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surveillance; information; privacy; credit reporting;
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- N8 - Economic History - - Micro-Business History
- Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General
- D8 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty
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- Richard A. Posner, 1980. "The Economics of Privacy," University of Chicago - George G. Stigler Center for Study of Economy and State 16, Chicago - Center for Study of Economy and State.
- Temin, Peter, 2004. "Financial Intermediation in the Early Roman Empire," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 64(03), pages 705-733, September.
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