American Sociological Association

Review Essay: The Digital Surveillance Society

When hundreds of thousands of protesters filled the streets of Hong Kong this summer, central figures reportedly took no selfies, avoided Facebook and Twitter, installed prepaid SIM cards, stuck to secure messaging apps, and used cash instead of rechargeable subway cards or other cashless payments. It is not clear whether this will help them avoid “conspiracy to commit public nuisance” charges, which led to prison sentences for leaders of the 2014 Umbrella movement (including sociologist Kin-man Chan). But it is clear that growing concerns about digital surveillance, online privacy, and data aggregation were anything but abstract to protesters.

Authors

Tim Bartley

Volume

48

Issue

6

Starting Page

622

Ending Page

627