Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Digitally Meditated Surveilance

Current Intelligence - DIGITALLY mediated surveillance (DMS) is an umbrella term that includes a myriad of social data mining practices and monitoring techniques. The tracking of our purchase habits by credit card companies, Facebook's deliberately opaque privacy settings and the web of CCTV networks discretely filming our movements are familiar examples of how our daily navigation of the urban environment and online networks exposes our interactions and private data to unwanted scrutiny. DMS was the subject of a recent Toronto workshop that brought together a roster of international scholars to discuss how to increase awareness of ubiquitous personal security vulnerabilities, and promote accountability and transparency by their corporate and governmental instigators.  Read more.

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