publication . Article . 2002

Somatic Surveillance: Corporeal Control through Information Networks

Monahan, Torin; Wall, Tyler;
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  • Published: 01 Sep 2002 Journal: Surveillance & Society, volume 4 (eissn: 1477-7487, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Queen's University Library
Abstract
<jats:p>Somatic surveillance is the increasingly invasive technological monitoring of and intervention into body functions. Within this type of surveillance regime, bodies are recast as nodes on vast information networks, enabling corporeal control through remote network commands, automated responses, or self-management practices. In this paper, we investigate three developments in somatic surveillance: nanotechnology systems for soldiers on the battlefield, commercial body-monitoring systems for health purposes, and radio-frequency identification (RFID) implants for identification of hospital patients. The argument is that in present and projected forms, somati...
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free text keywords: Psychology, Psychologie, Applied Psychology, angewandte Psychologie, Safety Research, Urban Studies, Commodification, Computer security, computer.software_genre, computer, Computer science, Battlefield, Management practices, Data science, Information networks, ddc:150
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