Presentation on theme: "Whats so bad about a Surveillance Society? Siva Vaidhyanathan The University of Virginia"— Presentation transcript:
Whats so bad about a Surveillance Society? Siva Vaidhyanathan The University of Virginia http://sivacracy.net
The Panopticon Jeremy Bentham: sentiment of an invisible omniscience Ruthless efficiency Administration -- Max Weber Architecture of control -- Michel Foucault Culture of mistrust -- Stasi in East Germany
The Urban Panopticon Visible, general, impersonal, incredible surveillance structures Valuable yet flawed Virtue: no profiling or dossier building Vice: Unlimited funding and justification
Nonopticon The opposite of the Panopticon -- the nonopticon More corporate than state-sponsored Virtue: Free to be a freak -- not about social control Vice: Free to be profiled, tracked, flagged, and snared Four hazards: False positives Insecure systems - data dumps Lack of systematic transparency, due process, appeals False negatives
Copyright as Surveillance Julie Cohen (Georgetown Law School) and Sonia Katyal (Fordham Law School) Digital Rights Management (DRM) Content scanning bots RIAA pressuring universities to monitor students and faculty
Snared in the Web 2.0 MySpace, FaceBook, Google, YouTube, Orkut, Yahoo, Amazon, etc. User-generated content is just another name for massive corporate data collection, mining, and profiling Subject to state seizure (or just a request)
Cosmopolitan Librarianship This is not a national issue Libraries are nodes in a global flow of information and culture Therefore standards and practices must be generated and maintained globally
Technofundamentalism Simple interventions to address complex problems Inventing something to fix the problems that the last invention created Trust vs. trusted systems
Transparency = Trust Panopticon preferable to the nonopticon The more we know about how institutions surveil the more we can monitor their activities and correct for abuse The more we understand about their motives, standards, and methods, the more we can trust their requests and results Mythical Paradox: Too much systemic transparency undermines trust by revealing flaws and weaknesses eg. TSA and its secret laws
First Principle We should know more about our governments than they know about us.
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