“The word surveillance derives from
the French verb ‘surveiller’ which means to keep watch” (2014,
Surveillance Photography). Michel Foucault concept of physical punishment and the power to controlling
people, has drastically changed to technology surveying people. It has shown the
importance of power and the controlling impact it embeds on society (Thompson, K. 2018). According to an online blog on Surveillance and Crime Control, Michel
Foucault theory was typically used in the 18th century, to allow
authority to control prisoners (Thompson,
K. (2018). Never the
less the surveillance system used within penitentiaries, soon became more of a
mass surveillance for the society. Gradually the new system of the Panopticon building developed in the
late 19th century: the panopticon tower was built in the centre of
prison which kept the prisoners conscious that they were being monitored for
their behaviour and were under continuous surveillance Thompson, K. 2018).


On the contrary the authority has now changed this to control
people, surveillance is now spread worldwide and all humans within penitentiaries
and this society are now exposed to surveillance technology: vison machines
such as CCTV and facial recognition are now more advanced, places in open
public areas, institutions and even working environments, have now been
familiarised with these surveillance machines (Thompson,
K. 2018). People are
also surveying each other: as vision machines we have become more immune to
this lifestyle. people are highly monitoring others on a day to day basis, the
whole economy have become more accustomed to the system of surveillance, the
majority have accepted this as the norm of their daily lives (Thompson, K. (2018).

My aim in this dissertation is to thoroughly
investigate the alteration of surveillance and its expansion in a contemporary
world. Also, to elaborate more on the concept of using surveillance technology
in a specific area: society in China (Reuters.S.
2017). In China the
nature of being surveyed, makes them feel secure as they are aware of their
safety and prone to think these machines are keeping them protected. The degree
of using surveillance has made the Chinese government superior amongst all
people of China (Reuters.S. 2017). From my point of view “China
surveillance system, the use of facial recognition and improvement of
artificial intelligence, has given the authority the advantage to always have
an eye on people and all their activities, It has created privacy issues and
control over anyone under the Chinese government eye, which considers a danger
to their vast way of living” (HuffPost UK, 2018).

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