Visions of vision: governments, companies, activists and how they deal with visibility, transparency and surveillance
AbstractIn recent years, the demand for more transparency and less surveillance is omnipresent. This demand implies that surveillance and transparency have no overlap. While surveillance has been extensively researched by scholars such as Foucault, Ganascia and Mann, transparency is more often invoked that defined. This study investigates several attempts at transparency from a wide variety of fields and elaborates on their advantages and disadvantages. It is argued that there are structural differences in various attempts at transparency. Nevertheless, transparency is not inherently good and can easily be turned into a system of surveillance.