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CfP für Sammelband “Surveillance, Race, Culture”

Liebe Kollegen,

über den Newsletter der British Association for American Studies bin ich auf folgenden Call for Papers für einen Sammelband mit dem Titel “Surveillance, Race, Culture” aufmerksam geworden. Vielleicht ist er ja für jemanden interessant:

Surveillance, Race, Culture
Call for Papers

Increasing sales with surveillance

“The impact, the researchers say, came not from firing workers engaged in theft, but mostly from their changed behavior. Knowing they were being monitored, the servers not only pulled back on any unethical practices, but also channeled their efforts into, say, prompting customers to have that dessert or a second beer, raising revenue for the restaurant and tips for themselves.”


Very good decision: “Naked-Image Scanners to Be Removed From U.S. Airports”

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will remove airport body scanners that privacy advocates likened to strip searches after OSI Systems Inc. (OSIS) couldn’t write software to make passenger images less revealing.


A very good example of privacy rationality.

The Body Bomb Scenario

A secret report obtained by Newsweek lays out the diabolical plans of al Qaeda’s bomb guru: evading airport scanners by surgically implanting explosives in a terrorist’s love handles.


“undetectable by conventional security measures” – so how to fight it? Right: “The key is to get inside the enemy’s camp.” Thats probably the best way to protect the public from additional surveillance and search procedures.

NYPD Drive-by-Scanning

Who needs to be stopped for a search if a Police Officer can scan you from the comfort of his car?

“This technology has shown a great deal of promise as a way of detecting weapons without a physical search,” said New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly during his State of the NYPD address on Tuesday.

The gun scanning technology will help lessen the need for NYPD’s use of Stop and Frisk procedures that allowed officers to stop New Yorkers for random street interrogations or searches. In 2011, about 600,000-plus New Yorkers were stopped.

See the video to learn how it works.

Evaluation of data retention directive

The EU has evaluated the data retention directive (DRD) and come to the conclusion that is serves its purpose and is working efficiently. However if one looks at the draft report (via, a few questions remain, mainly concerning the methods of the evaluation and some particular statements.

As a consequence, the evidential value of retained data must be assessed on a case-by-case basis in the light of all the relevant factors of a case. ….. Since law enforcement resources are limited the fact that retained data are used, signify they were deemed relevant. …. The retention of data is considered proportionate if it has considerable law enforcement relevance. (pp. 7)