Surveillance, Sousveillance, Equiveillance: Google Glasses

3 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2012

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Karsten Weber

Institute for Social Research and Technology Assessment; BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg

Date Written: June 30, 2012


Several months ago, Google announced its so-called “Google Glasses” project: Google currently develops an augmented reality device that can be used like a head-up display that looks a little bit like normal glasses. At present it is not completely clear which functionality those Google Glasses will provide. However, already now, it is possible to think about possible consequences and repercussions of a widely disseminated use of such devices like Google Glasses. Therefore, what I shall do in what follows is to present some assumptions concerning consequences and repercussions of Google Glasses on individuals and society. Taking into account the public and scholarly debate concerning surveillance, sousveillance, and equiveillance it might be possible to take a look into the near future of privacy and data protection.

Keywords: Surveillance, Sousveillance, Equiveillance, Privacy, Data Protection, Google Glasses

Suggested Citation

Weber, Karsten, Surveillance, Sousveillance, Equiveillance: Google Glasses (June 30, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

Karsten Weber (Contact Author)

Institute for Social Research and Technology Assessment ( email )


BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg ( email )

Cottbus, 03013

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