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Spying with Maps : Surveillance Technologies and the Future of Privacy - Mark S. Monmonier

Spying with Maps

Surveillance Technologies and the Future of Privacy

Paperback Published: 1st February 2004
ISBN: 9780226534282
Number Of Pages: 240

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Maps, as we know, help us find our way around. But they're also powerful tools for someone hoping to find you. Widely available in electronic and paper formats, maps offer revealing insights into our movements and activities, even our likes and dislikes. In Spying with Maps, the "mapmatician" Mark Monmonier looks at the increased use of geographic data, satellite imagery, and location tracking across a wide range of fields such as military intelligence, law enforcement, market research, and traffic engineering. Could these diverse forms of geographic monitoring, he asks, lead to grave consequences for society? To assess this very real threat, he explains how geospatial technology works, what it can reveal, who uses it, and to what effect.

Despite our apprehension about surveillance technology, Spying with Maps is not a jeremiad, crammed with dire warnings about eyes in the sky and invasive tracking. Monmonier's approach encompasses both skepticism and the acknowledgment that geospatial technology brings with it unprecedented benefits to governments, institutions, and individuals, especially in an era of asymmetric warfare and bioterrorism. Monmonier frames his explanations of what this new technology is and how it works with the question of whether locational privacy is a fundamental right. Does the right to be left alone include not letting Big Brother (or a legion of Little Brothers) know where we are or where we've been? What sacrifices must we make for homeland security and open government?

With his usual wit and clarity, Monmonier offers readers an engaging, even-handed introduction to the dark side of the new technology that surrounds us--from traffic cameras and weather satellites to personal GPS devices and wireless communications.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Maps That Watchp. 1
Overhead Assetsp. 17
Eyes on the Farmp. 38
Tinder, Technology, and Tacticsp. 57
Weather Eyesp. 73
Wire Loops and Traffic Camsp. 92
Crime Watchp. 110
Keeping Trackp. 125
Addresses, Geocoding, and Dataveillancep. 140
Case Clusters and Terrorist Threatsp. 154
Epilogue: Locational Privacy as a Basic Rightp. 169
Notesp. 177
Indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9780226534282
ISBN-10: 0226534286
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st February 2004
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Type: New edition