On authors who were publishing information technology panopticon concerns in the 1980s, or earlier

A quickie dump.

Paul Baran / RAND

"On the Engineer's Responsibility in Protecting Privacy"
"On the Future Computer Era: Modification of the American Character and the Role of the Engineer, or, A Little Caution in the Haste to Number"
"The Coming Computer Utility -- Laissez-Faire, Licensing, or Regulation?"
"Remarks on the Question of Privacy Raised by the Automation of Mental Health Records"
"Some Caveats on the Contribution of Technology to Law Enforcement"

Largely written/published 1967--1969.


Willis Ware / RAND

Too numerous to list fully, 1960s --1990s. Highlights:

"Security and Privacy in Computer Systems" (1967)
"Computers in Society's Future" (1971)
"Records, Computers and the Rights of Citizens" (1973
"Privacy and Security Issues in Information Systems" (1976)
"Information Systems, Security, and Privacy" (1983)
"The new faces of privacy" (1993)



Shoshana Zuboff, In the Age of the Smart Machine: The Future of Work and Power (1988) Notably reviewed in the Whole Earth Catalog's Signal: Communication Tools for the Information Age (1988).

worldcat.org/title/in-the-age- archive.org/details/inageofsma

"Danger to Civil Rights?", 80 Microcomputing (1982)

archive.org/stream/80_Microcom (news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1)

"Computer-Based National Information Systems: Technology and Public Policy", NTIS (September 1981)


"23 to Study Computer ‘Threat’" (1970)


The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

"Privacy and Information Technology" bibliography is largely 1990--present, but contains some earlier references.


Similarly "Privacy"


Credit Reporting / Legislation

US Privacy Act of 1974


Invasion of Privacy Act 1971 - Queensland Government, Australia


Arthur R. Miller, The assault on privacy: computers, data banks, and dossiers


"The Computer, the Consumer and Privacy" (1984)


Richard Boeth / Newsweek

The specific item I'd had in mind:

Richard Boeth, "Is Privacy Dead", Newsweek, July 27, 1970


Direct PDF: assets.documentcloud.org/docum

Based on an HN comment: news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2

#privacy #surveillance #panopticon #PaulBaran #WillisWare #RAND #ShoshanaZuboff #RichardBoeth #CreditReporting


@dredmorbius a good amount of our current issues i feel trace back to stuff the theophilosophical society was busily seeding into the last hundred years of iterative social consciousness. agree or ? this is a great list, thank you ! mind if i put it at my blog at ramo.today as well? its federated.. ringo@ramo.today

@ringo You're talking about Helena Blavatsky?

What principles or themes, if you don't mind?

And yes, you're more than welcome to the list, as well as to extend, expand, annotate it, etc.

@dredmorbius yes and her associates- those who were organized to do those things in That locus. Proof? I was always bad at that part of geometry. It may take a while and i may forget. Ill try.

@ringo I'm not looking for proofs, just a few keywords or references that I can track down.


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