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Information Asymmetry and Power in a Surveillance Society

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  • Lightfoot, Geoffrey
  • Wisniewski, Tomasz

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In this paper we look at how information in societies is organized and how power relationships arise as a consequence of this organization. We argue that many of the observed information asymmetries are not happenstance and, drawing from a wealth of scholarship from the economics and finance literature, we posit that outcomes are inevitably detrimental. The paper concentrates on the techniques that foster information imbalances, such as media and propaganda, knowledge production, educational systems, legal and organizational structures, exclusive information networks, and surveillance. We conclude that in the absence of greater transparency, the deleterious effects of unequal access to information will continue and deepen.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 53109.

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Keywords: Information Asymmetry; Power; Surveillance; Secrecy;

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