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State Surveillance on the Internet: The Swedish Debate and the Future Role of Libraries and LIS
Swedish School of Library and Information Science (SSLIS) at Göteborg University; Högskolan i Borås, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2874-4146
Swedish School of Library and Information Science (SSLIS) at Göteborg University; Högskolan i Borås, Sweden.
2007 (English)In: Libri (Copenhagen), ISSN 0024-2667, E-ISSN 1865-8423, Vol. 57, no 4, 209-218 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article contributes to what we hope will become a vigorous debate on Internet surveillance and privacy issues, ensuring that privacy issues will not be neglected in the future when political propositions on state surveillance are made. The relevant question to ask is not how to protect privacy at all costs, but how a balance can be found between the need of the state to know about its citizens and those same citizens’ need for privacy from state intrusion. This paper explores the future role of the library pertaining to the issue of state sur veillance. After a short introduction, we present the procedure and theoretical background for the article. The latter is grounded on Foucault’s theory on discourse, power and the modern state. We then discuss our two main fi ndings, and fi nally we relate those fi ndings to the library and its future roles, and to library and information science research and teaching. We fi nd one of these roles to be as instigator of and facilitator and forum for a healthy debate on surveillance and privacy issues.

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Munich, Germany: De Gruyter Saur , 2007. Vol. 57, no 4, 209-218 p.
Keyword [en]
state surveillance, internet surveillance, electronic surveillance, parliamentary debate
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Information Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-121512DOI: 10.1515/LIBR.2007.209OAI: diva2:856038
Available from: 2015-09-23 Created: 2015-09-23 Last updated: 2015-10-05Bibliographically approved

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