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dc.contributor.authorHurley, Emily Elizabethen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-24T08:00:45Z
dc.date.available2017-06-24T08:00:45Z
dc.date.issued2017-06-23en_US
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:11541en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/78250
dc.description.abstractFor the past several decades, the neoliberal school of economics has dominated public policy, encouraging American politicians to reduce the size of the government. Despite this trend, the power of the state to surveille, criminalize, and detain has become more extensive, even as the state appears to be growing less powerful. By allowing information technology corporations such as Google to collect location data from users with or without their knowledge, the state can tap into a vast surveillance network at any time, retroactively surveilling and criminalizing at its discretion. Furthermore, neoliberal political theory has eroded the classical liberal conception of freedom so that these surveillance tactics to not appear to restrict individuals' freedom or privacy so long as they give their consent to be surveilled by a private corporation. Neoliberalism also encourages the proliferation of information technologies by making individuals responsible for their economic success and wellbeing in an increasingly competitive world, thus pushing more individuals to use information technologies to enter into the gig economy. The individuating logic of neoliberalism, combined with the rapid economic potentialities of information technology, turn individuals into mere sources of human capital. Even though the American state's commitment to neoliberalism precludes it from covertly managing the labor economy, it can still manage a population through criminalization and incarceration. Access to users' data by way of information technology makes the process of criminalization more manageable and allows the state to more easily incarcerate indiscriminately.en_US
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectNeoliberal governanceen_US
dc.subjectsurveillance technologyen_US
dc.subjectbig dataen_US
dc.subjectcriminalityen_US
dc.subjectfreedomen_US
dc.titleSurveillance Technology and the Neoliberal State: Expanding the Power to Criminalize in a Data-Unlimited Worlden_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentPolitical Scienceen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePolitical Scienceen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairPlotica, Luke Philipen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberPitt, Joseph C.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberLuke, Timothy W.en_US


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