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The invisible surveillance : an analysis on the western newspaper discourse on the advanced technological surveillance state, on the case of China's Social Credit System

Rosier, Maj-Britt (2018) The invisible surveillance : an analysis on the western newspaper discourse on the advanced technological surveillance state, on the case of China's Social Credit System.

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Abstract:This study aims to answer the following research question: “How is the discourse towards the technological advanced surveillance state of China illustrated in the media of the European Union and the United States?” This research is approached by evaluating the western newspaper discourse on China’s Social Credit System, on the theoretical foundation of the concepts of surveillance states, advanced technological surveillance and social sorting systems. The findings show that the western discourse considered the effects of the Social Credit System in China and comparable digital structures to be violating, anti-democratic and scrutinizing and thereby endangering human dignity, human rights, as well as the concept of citizenship. These findings are providing crucial new insights on the western perception on advanced surveillance technology in authoritarian regimes. Throughout this study the development of such technology in western democratic countries is also considered, to acknowledge developmental similarities and to provide a basis for western governments to recognize the need to evolve their policies in order to protect citizens’ democratic rights in the digital world, as well as in the real world.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/75721
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