Publication Details

This article was originally published as Michael, MG and Michael K, A Note on Überveillance / A Note on Uberveillance, From Dataveillance to Überveillance and the Realpolitik of the Transparent Society, The Second Workshop on Social Implications of National Security, Wollongong, Australia, 29 October 2007, 9-26.


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 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.