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Stealing Consciousness: Using Cybernetics for Controlling Populations

Stealing Consciousness: Using Cybernetics for Controlling Populations
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Author(s): Geoffrey R. Skoll (Buffalo State College, USA)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 10
Source title: Censorship, Surveillance, and Privacy: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7113-1.ch083

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Abstract

In light of the recent revelations about the electronic surveillance by the US National Security Agency, this essay analyzes such surveillance as part of state strategies to control populations. It also examines the use of terror scares—that is, fear mongering—by states as the rationale for their control practices. It contrasts the origins of terrorism in the French Terror to contemporary terrorism, and shows how cybernetic control and surveillance steal human communications and thereby steal consciousness.

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