Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Novel

The novel Technocreep: The Surrender of Privacy and the Capitalization of Intimacy by Thomas P. Keenan discusses the surge in surveillance technology and how it leads to society’s surrender of privacy.

 Thomas P. Keenan is one of the world’s top computer security experts. He is a Professor of Environmental Designs and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of Calgary. He has made significant contributions within his work such as helping the Canadian government write its computer crime laws in 1983. This novel, which was published in 2014, focuses on how technology has pervaded our everyday lives. While maintaining a slightly negative tone, Keenan keeps the novel interesting by discussing current events and producing relatable analogies and anecdotes. Overall, he does an exceptional job of conveying the message to readers that “technocreep is quietly but relentlessly invading our daily lives” (Keenan, 2014) through seventeen themed chapters.