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[liberationtech] Solutions to surveillance, beyond tech & legal

Yosem Companys companys at
Tue Dec 17 16:44:25 PST 2013

On Twitter at, John Postill, Dan
McQuillan, Sameer Padania, and Julian Oliver are having an interesting
conversation on the following question:

What other solutions should we think about beyond technical and legal to
address the problem of surveillance?

Some like Dick Scott in the "new institutionalism" -- including
psychologists, sociologists, economists, political scientists, and
anthropologists working on it -- have suggested three pillars (see:

i) regulative (formal rules such as laws that reward or sanction);

ii) normative (informal agreements people make, such as norms); and,

iii) cultural-cognitive (ideas people have about the way the world works,
such as technology).

Others have suggested an affective pillar to encompass human emotions (see:

Using this framework, it's clear that the media is focusing on the
regulative (laws) and parts of the cultural-cognitive (tech), but ignoring
the normative and affective, as Dan notes, including arts and humanities.

If interested, you may want to check it out or continue the conversation in
140+ characters here.


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