Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Communicating the ideas to the public

One of our challenges across the 6 seminars is to identify core themes from DATA-PSST! that we think we want ordinary people to better understand - and then communicate them in an engaging manner.

Our chosen media form is a short (approx 10 mins) online documentary. We want it to creatively engage with our core themes, and be so appealing that people choose to share it around. It'll be trailed by a short VINE clip, to try and drum up greater online sharing through social media.

Any ideas?
Any good examples out there?
Please add via comments...

1 comment:

  1. Engaging with Veillance:
    Given that there are so many types of ‘veillance’, we suspect that many people may not have encountered these types. In particular, Steve Mann has developed his concept of ‘veillance’, or mutual watching by surveillant organisations (e.g. the state intelligence agencies, advertising agencies) and sousveillant individuals (e.g. citizens watching each other, or watching those in power so as to hold them to account), into his model of a Veillance Plane. Meanwhile, Ball argues for the importance of tracing veillance and data flows through organisations. Putting together insights from the keynotes by Mann and Ball has led us to develop principles and questions for audience engagement with Veillance Types. We hope these might be useful to end users, from educationalists to regulators, and from companies seeking to implement ethical surveillance policies through to artists seeking to provoke the public to think more deeply about data flows.

    Veillance (mutual watching)
    – Raise people’s awareness that they are being watched, but that they might also be able to watch back. This involves raising awareness not just of surveillance cameras but also of digital flows of personal data; reaching a conclusion on whether or not such watching is beneficial to self and society; and then knowing what, if anything, can be done about this.

    - Sousveillance demands that individuals who sousveil are a participant in the activity being watched, as well as able to control the capture, storage, transmission and dissemination of their data. But are people even aware of whether they have full control over all of these aspects of the data flow? Eg at what point does a selfie recorded on your mobile phone and uploaded to the Cloud cease to be sousveillance?

    Hierarchical sousveillance (directed against authority figures)
    – Through sousveillance, people can resist or confront surveillance that they find ethically problematic. Typically, this involves watching the watchers, and finding ways to achieve greater transparency of power-holders (eg through mobile phone cameras, protestors can capture the activity of police at a demonstration). To what extent is such sousveillance desirable and feasible?

    Personal sousveillance (directed at self)
    – This is where people engage with, and take ownership of, their own data about them selves/environment. Through this, people might become more creative and have greater insight into their own lives. Eg keeping a life-log through a wearable camera like Narrative Clip (which automatically takes a photo every 30 seconds) might make you more aware of what you actually get up to during the day.

    Univeillance (one-party consent).
    - This is where one person sousveils others (eg on a mobile phone camera, or Google Glass-styled wearable camera) without their consent. What are the practices and ethics of univeillance? Is this the sort of society we want to live in? How are norms regarding univeillance developing, as technology makes such practices potentially common-place?

    McVeillance (surveillance plus ban on sousveillance)
    - Consider the practices and ethics of state or commercial surveillance of self without reciprocal sousveillance of state/commerce by self. Under what circumstances do we want such surveillance, and when do these practices become unacceptable?

    Counterveillance (blocking watching)
    - Consider the practices and ethics of detecting and preventing any form of veillance, eg through masking the self (eg face covering), or through deflecting surveillance (eg Adam Harvey’s anti-paparazzi clutch bag that deflects flash photography; eg through encrypting own data). How feasible and desirable are counterveillance practices?

    Equiveillance (a balance between surveillance and sousveillance)
    - Is equiveillance desirable or possible? Eg how many sousveillant cameras are equal to one surveillant camera? Consider, in your own lives if the forces of surveillance and sousveillance balance each other out.