"Überveillance is an emerging concept, and neither its application nor its power have yet fully arrived . For some time, Roger Clarke’s [12, p. 498] 1988 dataveillance concept has been prevalent: the “systematic use of personal data systems in the investigation or monitoring of the actions of one or more persons.” Almost twenty years on, technology has developed so much and the national security context has altered so greatly , that there is a pressing need to formulate a new term to convey both the resent reality, and the Realpolitik (policy primarily based on power) of our times. However, if it had not been for dataveillance, überveillance could not be. It must be emphasized that dataveillance will always exist – it will provide the scorecard for the engine being used to fulfi ll überveillance." download M.G. Michael and K. Michael. "Towards a State of Uberveillance" IEEE Technology and Society Magazine (2010).
WE’RE about to leave the noughties, but not all of the words born in the past decade will necessarily be coming with us, a quick review shows. Some of the Macquarie Dictionary’s words of the year for 2006 still stack up pretty well: the inaugural list introduced ‘‘affluenza’’, ‘‘muffin top’’ and ‘‘cyberstalking’’ into our official lexicon. ‘‘Cyberathlete’’ didn’t fare as well as ‘‘cyber cheating’’ from 2007’s list, which also gave us ‘‘carbon footprint’’ and ‘‘infomania’’. ‘‘Pod slurping’’, referring to the act of downloading large quantities of computer data to a portable memory device, was named the top word of that year. It has been overshadowed by the ‘‘toxic debt’’ that topped 2008 – in more ways than one. Some words succumbed to more popular alternatives: ‘‘arse antlers’’ was no match for ‘‘tramp stamp’’ when referring to a lower back tattoo. Others, like ‘‘climate porn’’ or ‘‘uberveillance’’ might have not yet reached their peak. There have been some memorable additions internationally as well. The author and blogger Adam Jacot de Boinod noted New York gave us the ‘‘cuddle puddle’’ in 2002 to describe a bunch of exhausted ravers, the same year that Britain takes credit for ‘‘trout pout’’ for botoxed lips.Of the Australian words to make it to the worldwide list of the best of the decade, as quoted in the Guardian, we offered up ‘‘barbecue stopper’’ in 2002 to describe an important electoral issue, ‘‘dog-whistle politics’’ for views heard only by supporters, and ‘‘flash packers’’ for comfortable but intrepid travellers.
Citation: Sean Nicholls and Leesha McKenney, December 17, 2009, "With Words that Last", Sydney Morning Herald, p. 26.
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Uberveillance/ noun an omnipresent electronic surveillance facilitated by technology that makes it possible to embed surveillance devices in the human body.
Term coined by MG Michael. Katina Michael further developed the term within the context of joint collaborative research.
Citation: M.G. Michael and K. Michael (2009). "Uberveillance: Definition" in ed. S. Butler, Fifth Edition of the Macquarie Dictionary (Australia's National Dictionary, Sydney University), p. 1094.
Definition uploaded by Vangie Beal, April 30, 2008, "Uberveillance" in Webopedia (Internet.com), https://www.webopedia.com/TERM/U/Uberveillance.html, Uploaded from original source www.uow.edu.au (2008).
From M.G. Michael, University of Wollongong, Australia: First, permit me to congratulate you and your team on the fine and important work which you are doing. You have loads of experience and you know what you are talking about. I feel the same way about Simon Davies‟ work and his own group, Privacy International, in London. The more open and accessible this debate on privacy and technology becomes the more hope there is of adequate safeguards being introduced (though sometimes I wonder if we have left it a little too late). In reference to your report of my presentation at the conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in September [see PJ Oct 07], unfortunately, for better or for worse, at the end of my presentation I made some additional re-marks about mental illness arising from the application of [“uberveillance”] technology. These remarks were taken away by the news media at the expense of our original definition of “uberveillance” [see Just Published, page seven]. What we more precisely mean by uberveillance is to an extent the opposite of what we normally understand by “Big Brother.” That is, where “Big Brother” is on the outside (CCTV, etc) looking down, uberveillance is on the inside looking out (implants in the body itself, RFID or GPS on a microchip, hybrid architectures al-ready on the drawing board, etc.) In a sense, uberveillance stands “Big Brother” on its head.
Citation: Letter (by MG Michael) to the Editor, Robert Ellis Smith, Privacy Journal, January 2008 Volume 34, Number 3, p. 6.