1. a review of academic and corporate literature on and around the growth in processes of continuous surveillance and the supposed benefits of the specific mechanisms which rely on continuous online surveillance, with specific reference to discourses on
a) the ‘Quantified Self’ movement
b) the general marketing of self-monitoring software,
c) specific discourses of ‘self-care’ in the health and self-help sectors.
2. a review of the extent to which, in relation to the above areas and more generally , the possible contradiction between the general ‘liberty’ of connectivity and the undermining of liberty through surveillance is being identified, debated, and questioned in public debate
3. a review of the available philosophical resources for thinking about the problems to which continuous surveillance for apparent economic and other benefit gives rise
4. from this research will be produced materials that will feed into journal articles, and Prof Couldry’s contribution to a proposed new book jointly authored with Dr Ulises Mejias of SUNY Oswego on related topics.