Author Sam Yarney has used the term "uberveillance" in his suspense thriller novel “The Banjo Player” which went on sale on the 8th of October 2010. Dr MG Michael who coined the term, came across the novel while performing an online search. He has hopes of interviewing the author for his own forthcoming edited book on Uberveillance, a sequel to the reference book titled: "Innovative Automatic Identification and Location Based Services: from bar codes to chip implants".

Here are a few key links to Yarney's novel: The Banjo Player (product description on Amazon)

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The Kindle edition and hardcover edition of the book has the following jacket cover:

A Wall Street banker cashes-in on his considerable investments ahead of a global financial crisis, which few saw coming. Within a few months he has given away most of his fortune and moved to a sleepy seaside town in West Africa, leading a simple life. A few years later, he dies in what appears to be an innocuous boating accident. But is his death connected to things happening several thousand miles away? The Banjo Player thrusts you into the volatile place where big oil, the environment, political ambition, big money, espionage and cyberspace collide. Will the tectonic plates of things as we know them shift forever? In a world where any sense of individualism is steadily being eroded in an inexorable drift towards Überveillance – is there a place for ‘the little guy'? Welcome to a fast-paced montage of plots and sub-plots that will keep you guessing to the very end. Welcome to a suspense-thriller that truly resonates in the times that we now live in. You will ask – is this fact or fiction? If you can figure it all out, then you deserve to be The Banjo Player.”

We obtained a copy of the book in December and after reading it we note the importance of überveillance in the plot. The key page in the book is page 227 where überveillance is described. An extract of that page appears below:

The point I'm trying to make is where does all this end? Who controls all this data, which is in actuality real people's lives out there, in a very real world called the cyber domain?

...'Like living in a realm above the dollar-chasing rat race, I can, when I choose to, live in a realm above cyber surveillance and scrutiny. That means, when I decide, I can make myself totally invisible in the cyber domain. You look for traces of me as I come and go, and you'll find nothing, I just totally disappear off the digital and cyber radar. My term for this is SÜber.'

...'SÜber! It's short for Super Überveillance. Living above Überveillance. Living above the all-encompassing, omnipresent electronic surveillance that we humans are now subject to and will most probably experience at a new level when we have some chip implant inserted somewhere in our bodies in the next few years as the technology develops. A SÜber can live above all that...'


Here are some customer reviews of the book on Amazon. It has already been nominated for awards.

The term "uberveillance" has now not only entered academic dialogue (see for example, a special issue of the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine (Vol 29, No 2, 2010) and Proceedings of the IEEE (Vol. 98, No. 9, 2010) but is now being used in everyday language.

AuthorKatina Michael