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Michael, M. G. & Michael, K. (2007). A note on 'Überveillance'. In K. Michael & M. G. Michael (Eds.), The Second Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security: From Dataveillance to Uberveillance and the Realpolitik of the Transparent Society (pp. 9-25). Wollongong: University of Wollongong.


The following note from the editors presents a summary of the term überveillance, as it was originally presented by the primary author in May 2006. Überveillance is an above and beyond, an exaggerated, an almost omnipresent 24/7 electronic surveillance. It is a surveillance that is not only “always on” but “always with you” (it is ubiquitous) because the technology that facilitates it, in its ultimate implementation, is embedded within the human body. The problem with this kind of bodily invasive surveillance is that omnipresence in the ‘material’ world will not always equate with omniscience, hence the real concern for misinformation, misinterpretation, and information manipulation.



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