SMC300 - Week 12 Lecture

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12 Apr 2012
Week 12 Lecture 4/9/2012 7:42:00 PM
Big Brother Inc
Regulation/exploitation of users’ content and immaterial labour +
concerns of how data is used by authorities for widespread surveillance,
bypassing established rights and expectations, criminalizing and
punishing various online practices
Increasingly involves collaboration (voluntary to enforced) between
private sector providing services/data and state authorities
Bill C-30 protecting children form internet predators acts + other lawful
access legislations
MP Toews under media fire, target of protests/hactivism campaigns
revealing private info about him, partner and personal life, helped bring in
bill c-30 but indicated hasn’t thoroughly read it + other shocking
Dissent can be dangerous, value of anonymity
Privacy, anonymity and politics: when/where dissent can be dangerous,
how data is tracked and used can be life or death
Systems can be used against citizens… value of privacy beyond public
Employers + facebook passwords controversy
Playful surveillance
Ellerbrock: research aims to better understand recent shift in public
opinion about privacy, associations between once-controversial
surveillance tech and play (leisure, fun) are key to unpacking shifts
Focus on automated face recognition systems: from history of
marginalization of vulnerable groups to new incarnations
More playful uses of controversial tech fundamentally altered both
popular representation and ways in which it is taken up by public…
moving form an id tech widely assoic with state control -> benign and
user friendly computer applications for pleasure, entertainment
“serious” presentation: FR troubling history, origins of various
militarized id purposes, boom following 9/11, increased funding and
decreased public resistance (CCTV, border crossings), continued difficulty
in correct id, false positives, implicated in racial profiling, design bias
algorithms confused by darker skin… discrimination)
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