Is the “authoritarianism vs. democracy” paradigm useful when it comes to digital surveillance? What are the factors that shape the public’s views about digital surveillance? How to balance the benefits of surveillance technologies and the protection of civil rights? These are the key questions this report tries to answer.
Digital surveillance has become common practice around the world. As in other areas of international affairs, there is an increasing tendency in the West to frame and discuss digital surveillance as authoritarianism vs. democracy. OXGS brings together leading analysts to examine whether the division is helpful in understanding digital surveillance and what are the main factors that shape the public’s views about digital surveillance in their daily lives.