Data and the Good?

Surveillance & Society 20(3), 2022

5 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2022

Date Written: September 5, 2022


Surveillance studies scholars and privacy scholars have each developed sophisticated, important critiques of the existing data-driven order. But too few scholars in either tradition have put forward alternative substantive conceptions of a good digital society. This, I argue, is a crucial omission. Unless we construct new “sociotechnical imaginaries,” new understandings of the goals and aspirations digital technologies should aim to achieve, the most surveillance studies and privacy scholars can hope to accomplish is a less unjust version of the technology industry’s own vision for the future.

Keywords: privacy, surveillance, data, data ethics, surveillance ethics, digital ethics, ai ethics, information ethics, digital society

Suggested Citation

Susser, Daniel, Data and the Good? (September 5, 2022). Surveillance & Society 20(3), 2022, Available at SSRN:

Daniel Susser (Contact Author)

Cornell University ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

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