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Introduction: Governing the Everyday in the Digital Age
Introduction: Governing the Everyday in the Digital Age

Digital media work through the accumulation, transfer and analysis of data. The digital age also is a surveillance age, if we understand surveillance as ‘focused, systematic and routine practices and techniques of attention, for purposes of influence, management, protection or direction’ (Lyon, 2007: 14; also see Murakami Wood et al., 2006). Thus by definition and by fact, surveillance reaches far beyond state-driven security schemes. Today, computerized systems that act as conduits for multiple, cross-cutting ways of gathering, transferring and analysing data control, protect and manage everyday life on many levels, serving security, administrative, commercial or political purposes. Think of the rapidly expanding use of RFID chips in tickets and goods, ...

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