Deleting Democracy: Australia and the Surveillance Juggernaut

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Abstract

The digital age means we increasingly carry out the minutia of our daily lives in a type of hyper-Benthian attention-harvesting behavioural-modification Panopticon. Google Inc, whose search engine has its origins in military funding, invented the business model and was quickly followed by a litany of emulators – Facebook and the social media brigade, Amazon which dominates cloud-computing – and an endless procession of start-ups for whom data-capture, in all facets of human-behaviour, is the core around which entire businesses are built.

Keywords

  • democracy
  • Digital data
  • social media

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