UK Liberty

A thoughtful article on the moral consequences of surveillance

Posted in privacy, surveillance society by ukliberty on April 25, 2007

The ARCH blog comments on the Independent article (mentioned on this blog in a different context):

[research] revealed that ‘wrong’ simply meant ’something for which your parents or teacher punish you’, without any understanding of why that might happen, or of consequences or moral obligations….

There’s a lot of difference, though, between having a mature, deeply-rooted, moral sense of wrongdoing, or on the other hand obeying ‘rules’ because the consequences are unpleasant. The growth in surveillance risks making moral infants of us all and creating a society where the only crime is getting caught.

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