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This article on why surveillance is a feminist issue was published by GenderIT.org’s Feminist Talk and by LSE Engenderings.

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Contemporary surveillance heavily relies on statistical categories and algorithms, resulting in effective mechanisms of social sorting. In addition to gaps in the data that are filled by assumptions (guess who’s), statistical categories by definition operate by proximity to a norm. Unsurprisingly, the unspoken norm all data bodies are measured against is once again white cis-male heterosexuality.

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Alongside work that firmly places race at the heart of surveillance studies, feminist perspectives enrich and complicate the ways we think about the technologies tracking our every move as well as which technologies we think about in the first place. Last but not least, my hope is that this broadening of the scope might further inspire a wider public to care about how various kinds of surveillance seep into every aspect of our lives.

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