The age of sousveillance (14 Jul 2005)
A terrific word for all of this, invented by Steve Mann, a professor at the University of Toronto, is "sousveillance". The reason sousveillance is such a concern is that it is not under control and there are no transparently obvious ways it could be brought under control.
If a major retailer were to abuse customers' privacy, customers could at least look to a watchdog to do something about it. If a government department does something silly with your personal data, I imagine there is an ombudsman to whom you could complain. But if someone with a cameraphone snaps you going to a sensitive business meeting and then emails it to a competitor, it is hard to imagine what could done about it.
Article URL: http://www.guardian.co.uk/online/story/0,3605,1527536,00.html
Read 63 more articles from guardian.co.uk sorted by
Next Article: Using Ajax for Creating Web Applications