Chapter 9. Geosurveillance and Spying with Maps

  1. Jeremy W. Crampton

Published Online: 22 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317411.ch9

Mapping: A Critical Introduction to Cartography and GIS

Mapping: A Critical Introduction to Cartography and GIS

How to Cite

Crampton, J. W. (2009) Geosurveillance and Spying with Maps, in Mapping: A Critical Introduction to Cartography and GIS, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317411.ch9

Author Information

  1. Atlanta, Georgia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 22 JAN 2009

Book Series:

  1. Critical Introductions to Geography

Book Series Editors:

  1. John Paul Jones III

Series Editor Information

  1. Department of Geography and Regional Development, University of Arizona, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405121729

Online ISBN: 9781444317411



  • geosurveillance and spying with maps;
  • fear of BlackBerry planet;
  • forms and history of geosurveillance;
  • geosurveillance, surveillance of geographical activities;
  • surveillance - ideal prison, the “panopticon” (all-seeing);
  • surveillance, risk and “avalanche of numbers”;
  • geosurveillant technologies and biopolitics of fear;
  • GEOINT (geographic intelligence);
  • leading GIS companies - “strategic partner” of NGA (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency);
  • “Map or Be Mapped” - counter-mapping, spaces of resistance and ethics of forgetting


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Fear of a BlackBerry Planet

  • Forms and History of Geosurveillance

  • The Panopticon

  • Surveillance, Risk and the “Avalanche of Numbers”

  • Geosurveillant Technologies and the Biopolitics of Fear

  • “Map or Be Mapped”: Counter-Mapping, Spaces of Resistance, and the Ethics of Forgetting