supportive of such digital surveillance since...

Blue Apple

Senior Member
Persian (Iran)
Does the bold sentence imply "the group was on the whole against such digital surveillance and it was supportive of it only from the point of view that it can provide the data source that is a critical and necessary component for digital or new-media art"?

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It has been questioned whether the RSG program is critical of other electronic surveillance programs that are engaged for the purposes of law enforcement or even national security, since it basically replicates the same kind of (intrusive) data collection on specific individuals’ use of the internet on a given network. Galloway has, however, asserted that the group was generally supportive of such digital surveillance since it can provide the data source that is a critical and necessary component for digital or new-media art. He also believes that in granting free access to surveillance software to everyone, network users/viewers would become more aware of the prevalence of these programs in their everyday lives (full text).
 
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  • bennymix

    Senior Member
    I think your reading leans too far stressing the limitations of support. The piece says the group was critical of certain 'other' (intrusive)surveillance programs. But it was supportive of the type of digital surveillance being contemplated, since it would be a critical data source. You introduced, on your own, a possible inference 'supportive of it only' which may or may not be correct.
     
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