No More Obscurity

With revenues of $36 billion in 2018, the global video surveillance market is growing exponentially, allowing for every mundane activity to be captured and made publicly accessible. Acclaimed artist Xu Bing reviewed thousands of hours of online surveillance videos and transformed this journey into a story about (in)visibility and today’s culture of permanent exposure.

I joined Xu Bing and Jennifer Lyn Morone in a panel discussion titled ‘No More Obscurity’ at the World Economic Forum 2019 Annual Meeting for New Champions (Summer Davos) in Dalian, China.

Using Xu Bing’s story as a backdrop, we discussed the impact of online surveillance on individual privacy and society as a whole in terms of pervasive monitoring.

Locked Up for Linking? US Journalist Faces Prosecution

I have watched with great interest the developments over the course of the last 3-6 months as it pertains to widespread surveillance of Internet users by government agencies. While the NSA surveillance program has been the most publicized, there are reasons to believe that China, India, Pakistan, Russia, Australia and others are conducting similar activities.

One of the things that concerns me most is the double talk coming from most of these countries about “promoting the values and importance of online privacy in the context of basic human rights”. A bad precedent has been set. Let’s just accept this as the reality of things. And unfortunately, this precedent is eating away at some of the basic precepts of Internet growth — trust, openness and user-focused development.

And as you can see from this article, the government actions over the last couple of months has opened a Pandora’s Box in terms of the individual’s right to information, freedom of the press, personal privacy, etc. The implications for the future of the Internet are grave. Let’s just hope that the system is as resilient to political and ideological threats as it is to technological ones.

http://tinyurl.com/pldvwuw