The Conversation published my listacle “Nine reasons you should care about NSA’s PRISM surveillance”, in which I look at the arguments against the pervasive and pernicious myth that we have “nothing to hide.” “Nothing to hide” is an absolutist gloss that puts the focus on the individual rather than on the real problem of a society-wide loss of data control at many levels. While I am certainly not the first to have explored the topic, and what I have written is done standing on the shoulders of giants such as Bruce Schneir, my nine reasons for why we must care, regardless of our innocent intentions, are detailed in the article:
Presumption of guilt
The loss of personal data control
Transferring power to security organisations
Changing definitions of issues of concern
Personal abuse of power
Big data and the problem of patterns
And, as was pointed out on Twtter, there are certainly more reasons:
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Video calling is now a realistic option for couples in distance relationships. This paper explores whether audio/video distortions block intimate relational talk. From a naturalistic two-month trial of couples trying video calling to maintain their distance relationships, it is found that couples can opportunistically use audio/video distortions as a relational resource rather than simply treating them as a blocking or outside of relational talk. First, technological mediation can be treated as relevant to disambiguating whether the repair involves simple content repetition or a more complex relational issue. Second, distortions can be treated as resources for relational parody and teasing. It is argued that the opportunistic use of distortions as a relational resource extends Hutchby’s (2001b) notion of technologized interaction, in which technology frames but does not determine social action. Rather than proposing yet another model of communication that includes more detail about noise as deviance that must be remedied, or taking an undifferentiated approach to distortion as “trouble,” the technologized interaction approach broadens our conceptions of online relationships as involving the use of technological features to a more holistic sense of technological mediation being part and parcel of maintaining online relationships
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The issue features a keynote article by veteran media space researcher Professor Steven Harrison (Virginia Tech), a book review of the mixed French/English videoconferencing research book Décrire la conversation en ligne: Le face-à-face distanciel, and six research articles (including one of mine).
Parallel Universes of Teleconferencing by Steve Harrison
My Life with Always-On Video by Carman Neustaedter
Video Calling in Long-Distance Relationships: The Opportunistic Use of Audio/Video Distortions as a Relational Resource by Sean Rintel
Like What You See? The Effect of Video-Mediated Gazing on Information Recall and Impression Formation by Chris Fullwood & Neil Morris
Courtroom Interaction as a Multimedia Event: The Work of Producing Relevant Videoconference Frames in French Pre-Trial Hearings by Christian Licoppe, Maud Verdier, & Laurence Dumoulin
Videoconferencing: A Technology with Promises and Challenges – Case Study with IVC in an Undergraduate Course by B. A. Olaniran
Videoconferencing for First Nations Community-Controlled Education, Health and Development by Susan O’Donnell, Lyle Johnson, Tina Kakepetum-Schultz, Kevin Burton, Tim Whiteduck, Raymond Mason, Brian Beaton, Rob McMahon, & Kerri Gibson
Review of Décrire la conversation en ligne: Le face-à-face distanciel, edited by Christine Develotte, Richard Kern, and Marie-Noëlle Lamy, Lyon: ENS Editions, 2011, 215 pp. by Juliana de Nooy
One of the highlights of GSummit 2013 in San Francisco was the cityHUNT scavenger hunt on April 16. Teams were given a couple of pages of instructions, cameras, and two hours to run all over SF finding things, convincing strangers to help, and generally causing genial mayhem. Our team Satha Kotiya (Scavenging Tiger [Sri Lankan]) blitzed the event, earning 980 points, with awesome teamwork.
Team Satha Kotiya (Scavenging Tiger in Sri Lankan)