Critical Essay: Surveillance

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Take a critical look at the issue of surveillance; the digital technologies and their part in enabling deep levels of surveillance in society. Surveillance is/can be implemented by variety of particular technological tools and solutions (phones, cars, AI, web, big data etc.) Choose a concrete solution and review its impact on person/society.

Use the “holographic” approach and utilize all lenses. Describe examples.

  • Ensure you cover the areas related to “shipwreck” (when the system breaks) and “pirate” (how it can be abused/destroyed etc.)
  • Reflect/highlight the issues of power (Foucault) and Webers Iron Cage.
  • Support your statements, quote sources and include footnotes.

Help: Your text should provide information, interpretation, and evaluation of the topic. The information should help your reader to understand the nature of the topics under analysis. The interpretation should explain the meaning of the topics, therefore requiring your in depth understanding of it. The evaluation will discuss your opinions of the topics and present valid justification for them.

Your Essay should be written in a clear and concise manner and should have an argument or an explanation as to your personal stand or conclusion (or why no conclusion can be reached at this time).


  • Use APA style
  • Use title page: give a name/title to your essay & state the word count
  • Include Abstract
  • Include Bibliography
  • Use Footnotes (not End Notes)
  • Check proper English
  • Your report must be no more than 1500 words and no less than 1,300 words (Note: Abstract and footnotes are not included in word count). Points may be deducted for each and every word outside these limits.

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Big Data and Surveillance




Big Data and Surveillance
Hologram 1: Abstract
Surveillance societies are the society that functions from the collection, storage, recording,
analysis, and utilization of information relating to groups and individuals. Surveillance may
involve the study of the individual life of the society through loyalty programs, national schemes
of identification, health screening on a routine basis, website cookies, and other census data
information. The data gathered from such activities is used for regulation, governing,
influencing, managing and planning for the future. This paper takes a critical look at the various
issues of surveillance, especially digital technology and its part in facilitating a deep level of
surveillance in society. The paper will look at the various technologies and solutions used to
implement digital surveillance and provide a review of its impact on society.
Hologram 2: Introduction
The rise of globalization and internetworking has provided a single platform for running
daily activities. As such, there is a continuous generation of data which trace the activities of
individuals. Big data is becoming useful not only to business organizations but also public
establishments. Dataveillance enables bureaucracies to track down the activities of individuals by
use of a number of technologies. While being useful in ensuring security, this approach advances
the agenda of such establishments of social engineering and predetermining the behavior of
individuals. Additionally, the misuse and system break of dataveillance presents serious dangers
both to the individual and the bureaucratic systems served by the resulting data. There are
therefore recommended approaches to mitigate this.
Hologram 3: Definition



Big data is one of the significant outcomes of digitization. It involves the mining, sharing,
and matching of data so as to m...

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