A couple made the mistake of breaking up on a NYC rooftop next to comedian Kyle Ayers, who promptly live-tweeted their breakup
with the hashtag #roofbreakup, which went viral, prompting not only retweets, commentary, and memeification
, but also a video re-enactment
. However, some are considering the wider implications of this kind of phenomenon, pondering the ethics of the panopticon
, live reportage on ordinary people
, and even the nature of relationships itself
in the context of the pair. [more inside]
posted by corb
on Nov 20, 2013 -
is a documentary which details how our concept of privacy is altered by the modern surveillance state.
posted by antonymous
on Apr 30, 2013 -
Practical Ethics: Enlightened Surveillance?
Surrendering on surveillance might be the least bad option – of all likely civil liberty encroachments, this seemed the less damaging and hardest to resist. But that’s an overly defensive way of phrasing it – if ubiquitous surveillance and lack of privacy are the trends of the future, we shouldn’t just begrudgingly accept them, but demand that society gets the most possible out of them. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Apr 18, 2013 -
We study techniques for identifying an anonymous author via linguistic stylometry, i.e., comparing the writing style against a corpus of texts of known authorship. We experimentally demonstrate the effectiveness of our techniques with as many as 100,000 candidate authors. [...] In over 20% of cases, our classiﬁers can correctly identify an anonymous author given a corpus of texts from 100,000 authors; in about 35% of cases the correct author is one of the top 20 guesses.On the Feasibility of Internet-Scale Author Identiﬁcation[pdf]
is a draft of a paper for the IEEE Symposium
on Security and Privacy. [more inside]
posted by BrotherCaine
on Feb 22, 2012 -
I'd like to welcome you all lords and ladies, gentlemen, ladies, time-ladies, time-lords, aliens and those of you in the cheap seats to a documentary produced and aired by WYES-TV New Orleans in 1986, focusing on Panopticon, the first US Doctor Who convention. (1
) (MLYT, in authentic multi-copy VHS fuzz-o-vision!) [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry
on Apr 14, 2011 -
is the latest creation of the Facebook team. Similar to Foursquare, it seeks to make it easier for people to share their location with their friends. Perhaps predictably, people are publicizing steps for how to disable it
on your Facebook account. Over at Slate
, writer Farhad Manjoo debates the impact Places might have on society.
Ready, set, go!
posted by elder18
on Aug 20, 2010 -