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Government Surveillance Technology and the Value of Trust: The Relation of Trust between Government and Society, and its Effect on Cooperation and Morality
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis is about government surveillance technology in relation to the value of trust in society. The 2006 EU Data Retention Directive is used as an example of surveillance technology that invades privacy for the sake of security. I will show that trust enables cooperation and morality in society, and ask in what way the Directive relates to these values. The focus lies upon the relation of trust between government and citizens. I will argue that the Directive fails to recognize the value of trust in relation to cooperation and morality in society, because it fails to respect its citizens, and therefore has a bad influence on the climate of trust.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 32 p.
Keyword [en]
Ethics, Surveillance, Trust
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-73074ISRN: LIU-CTE-AE-EX--11/05--SEOAI: diva2:465836
Subject / course
Master in Applied Ethics
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-12-15 Created: 2011-12-15 Last updated: 2011-12-15Bibliographically approved

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