Author Archives: Eric Stoddart

Focus Groups on Independence

I am currently researching the contribution of Practical Theology to Scottish public life. This is in response to a request from one of the editors of the International Journal of Practical Theology which typically carries an 8,000 word report on … Continue reading

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Review of Doug Gay’s ‘Honey from the Lion: Christianity and the Ethics of Nationalism’

[One of the projects for my current semester of research leave is to write a report for the International Journal of Practical Theology on the state of practical theology in Scotland, my discipline’s contribution to public life and to the … Continue reading

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English people now for sale

Personal data harvested from GP and hospital records are shortly to be made available for sale in England. Today’s Guardian report highlights concerns of privacy advocates that data will be available for purchase by not only medical researchers but by organisations … Continue reading

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New review available

Jolyon Mitchell’s review of my book, Theological Perspectives on a Surveillance Society: Watching and Being Watched, has been published in the new issue of Studies in Christian Ethics (27.1, February 2014). Journal subscribers (institutional and individual) can read it here.  Sorry, it’s not available … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Surveillance Future

The Scottish Government has published its White Paper, “Scotland’s Future,” commending a vote for independence at the referendum on 18th September this year. Surveillance is by no means limited to issues of national security but it is worth considering what … Continue reading

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“Too much information…”

Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker apps allow me share my diligence over New Year’s Resolutions with the world. The capacity to disseminate my progress via Facebook and Twitter is integrated as optional features. Should I choose to inflate cyberspace with … Continue reading

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A surveillance Christmas

The biblical story of Christ’s birth is replete with surveillance. Mary and Joseph make their way to Bethlehem to fulfil the requirements of a census (no mere counting exercise but one riven with political dimensions). Shepherds are keeping surveillance over … Continue reading

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Canaries to combat surveillance

Wired are carrying an interesting opinion piece by Chris Finan today. He sees the negative impact upon the reputation of IT services companies who have been entangled in the NSA’s surveillance activities as a primary motivator for them to press … Continue reading

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It’s behind you!

“It’s behind you!” has connotations peculiar to audiences familiar with the British pantomime tradition. The warning perhaps takes on a new cadence for Google-dependent internet users. Google has bought Boston Dynamics to add to Google’s portfolio of robotics companies. Google … Continue reading

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The surveillance business, Scotland

Excellent BBC Radio Scotland programme featuring extended section on businesses in Scotland that are providing or designing surveillance systems around the world. Available on BBC iPlayer for the rest of this week.

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