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Spatial Distancing and Separation
Spatial Distancing and Separation

Techno-mediated surveillance, fundamentally, works through distancing and separation (Marx, 1991). Whether we are talking about video surveillance, drones or satellites, sensors inbuilt in urban infrastructures or handheld self-tracking devices, the key point is that information is being recorded somewhere and subsequently transferred, accumulated and analysed elsewhere. What we see emerging here are different forms of geographically, socially and institutionally distributed agency with regard to who controls, processes, uses, etc., the data fused and interconnected in the increasingly complex ‘surveillant assemblages’ (Haggerty and Ericson, 2000) that underpin everyday life (Klauser and Albrechtslund, 2014). Thus in contrast to traditional forms of social control, based on multisensory interactions and face-to-face contacts between co-present individuals or social groups, techno-mediated surveillance implies ...

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