There is no doubt that the modern societies or, better, the modern society as a whole, has to cope with an extremely interesting and, at the same time, equally critical social phenomenon of change. Although both social change and the management of change are not unknown in the history of human civilization and not outside the experience of the human race, this specific case has nevertheless the characteristics of a very difficult, serious and urgent problem as concerns both the present and the future of human societies.
It is obvious that the reference here is to the sudden, unexpected, extremely rapid and unbelievably wide and deep penetration of the so called Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in almost every aspect and side of the modern human life. The quality of this change, i.e. the creation of a parallel digital environment for human day-to-day activities (e-banking, e-learning etc.) and the quantity of this change, expressed in terms of speed, size, areas of influence and magnitude of power, make this case of change unique in the history of humankind and, at the same time, its management by the modern societies extremely difficult.
We should take into account that an enormous amount of changes, bringing forth a lot of new and hitherto unknown things, activities, capabilities, possibilities, media etc., took place almost within a single human generation. We should, thus, admit that the society and especially the scientific society must react both in time and with the broader possible view of the whole situation, if we are to cope effectively with this modern kind of the `genie of Aladdin`. And, fortunately, this is obviously the case, if we take into account the extensive number of scientific activities (conferences, workshops, publications etc.), organized, taking place all over the world and covering every aspect of the problem at hand.
The workshop entitled `Surveillance in Academia`, organized by the Ionian University, Department of Archive and Library Sciences, in collaboration with LiSS (Living in Surveillance Societies Programme), is a very good example of such a scientific reaction and approach, which tries not only to handle the unavoidable technicalities of a new environment, but, at the same time, to address very important aspects of the whole situation, aspects having to do with attitudes, ethical and moral issues, established practices etc.
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Foreword, George Bokos
Introduction, Maria Bottis
I. Privacy: theory
Social control after Foucault
Elements of convergence in the historical origins and ideological foundations of the US and European privacy law: the nexus between the 'right to be let alone' and continental jurisdictions
Between public and personal information - not prohibited, therefore permitted?
Ville Kainu & Koskinen Jani
Big brother is-still-watching you
A theoretical legal policy for privacy protection in Japan
Yohko Orito & Kiyoshi Murata
II. Privacy: particular topics
The conformity to the provisions of the Constitution of Greece of the 'anonymity on the internet'
Genetic privacy versus genetic solidarity in the field of donation and expectation of benefits in research biobanks
Not a scalpel: RFID implants for patients and personnel in hospitals
EU's Data Protection Reform and the right to be forgotten - A legal response to a technological challenge?
Lilian Mitrou & Maria Karyda
The right to oblivion as an expression of the human right to privacy
Privacy protection in an e-Health environment
Transnational e-government systems: A tale of European integration and surveillance
RFID chips and EU e-passports: the end of privacy?
III. Privacy and social networks
Facebook as a challenge to privacy
Regulating privacy on Online Social Networks (OSNs): possibility or Utopia in the digital era?
IV. Surveillance in Academia
Online survey, reservations, considerations and scientific conclusions on the students' opinion of University of Crete
Surveillance, data protection and libraries in Europe and the US-notes on an empirical data case study on surveillance and Greek academic libraries
The use of technical means for the electronic surveillance of universities
Surveillance of university (campus) computer networks
Academic libraries and social networking sites. A new concern for surveillance in academic community
Privacy and video surveillance in academic libraries