I was just reading “Privacy and Positive Intellectual Freedom” by Alan Rubel from the Fall 2014 issue of Journal of Social Philosophy (vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 390-407).
The article includes several ideas that I’d like to write about in the future. This post might simplify the argument about surveillance and intellectual freedom.
The section that explains the harms of surveillance is complicated. With other privacy violations, it’s easy to connect the dots. How does surveillance affect an individual who will never be aware of the surveillance?
The surveillance’s victim is not the only actor in the situation. The people who are controlling that surveillance are also part of the equation. It’s easy to show that the surveillance is harming their intellectual freedom.
They know that they, themselves, can be monitored. They lose the same freedoms that can be taken by other privacy violations.