Personal autonomy in the travel panopticon

Ethics and Information Technology 12 (2):97-108 (2010)
Abstract
I argue in this paper that the development and convergence of information and communication technologies (ICT) is creating a global network of surveillance capabilities which affect the traveler. These surveillance capabilities are reminiscent of 18th century philosopher Jeremy Bentham’s panopticon, and as such the emerging global surveillance network has been referred to as the travel panopticon. I argue that the travel panopticon is corrosive of personal autonomy, and in doing so I describe and analyse various philosophical approaches to personal autonomy
Keywords Computers  Surveillance  Immanuel Kant  Jeremy Bentham  Panopticon  Air travel systems  Privacy
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