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  • Off the grid: Is anonymity possible?
    • Mathias Klang
  • This is not a rant…
  • Well, ok, it is a rant! just but not about CCTV, ID Cards, names on train tickets and so much more
  • Limitations in analogue world Limitations in digital world Shift in Technology, law & values Law Contextual & programmed social rules Architecture
  • Bottom line: Technology allows us, society encourages & state profits
  • technology
  • Digitalization Connectivity Storage Devices
  • Flickr 2000 2001 2002 2003 2005 2004 2006 Wikipedia Linkedin Blogger 1999 Second Life My Space Skype Digg Facebook Ning YouTube Twitter Spotify Google c:a 1998 2008 2007 2009 Farmville iphone Wikileaks Angry Birds
  • Theoretical rights become inevitable practice
  • Technology changing society, but social rules slow to evolve…
  • Law is a system of rules and guidelines which are enforced… to govern behavior , wherever possible. It shapes … and serves as a social mediator of relations between people .
  • Technology makes society
  • Only technology (spot the ethical dilemma?)
  • Social media & regulation by proxy
  • Regulation by proxy
  • Warrentless search
  • "Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."
    • Streetcar Named Desire
  • What do the people who control what we can do, think?
  • What will they let us think?
  • A Squirrel Dying In Your Front Yard May Be More Relevant To Your Interests Right Now Than People Dying In Africa
    • Mark Zuckerberg
  • It will be very hard for people to watch or consume something that has not in some sense been tailored for them.
    • Eric Schmidt, Google
  • Personalization is trivialization
  • Identity & Information junk food.
  • Let them eat cake
  • Be prepared for a lot of dead squirrels…
  • Surveillance, connaisveillence & autoveillance
  • Privacy? A little context
  • proxemics
  • The Right to Privacy
    • The intensity and complexity of life, attendant upon advancing civilization, have rendered necessary some retreat from the world…solitude and privacy have become more essential to the individual; but modern enterprise and invention have, through invasions upon his privacy, subjected him to mental pain and distress…
    Warren and Brandeis The Right to Privacy, 4 Harvard Law Review 193 (1890)
  • Universal declaration of human rights (1948)
  • "You have zero privacy anyway, get over it”
    • Scott McNealy (1999)
  • “ Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity”
    • Mark Zuckerberg (2010)
  • Surveillance: A gaze from above
  • power
    • How is surveillance possible?
  • The state
    • Information gathering
  • Sousveillance: A gaze from below
    • A bit of a dead end…
  • connaiveillence
    • Connaitre: French for acquaintance (and also knowledge)
  • Social ties
    • Check out Small World Theory & Strength of Weak Ties
  • “ friends”
    • How’s that for doubletalk?
  • Autoveillance: a gaze from within
  • Exhibitionism?
    • How is autoveillance possible?
  • myself
  • We leak information
  • Compartmentalization
  • Analog social norms
  • Protection from the outer gaze
  • “ Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity”
    • Mark Zuckerberg (2010)
  • End of privacy?
  • The Hive-mind
  • If you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear
  • Where is the righteous indignation?
  • The salami method
  • Yes, Prime Minister! Series 1, Episode 1, The Grand Design (1986)
  • We have (theoretical) control over Big Brother
  • Technology is not inherently democratic
  • Thank you.
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    • Mathias Klang. [email_address] or @klang67