We started with a CASAA update.
Then Verey and I dove right into surveillance.
In America everyone seems to be having a hard time grasping the ultimate surveillance powers our president has but nobody seems to want to discuss how those powers were wielded by the previous administration.
We all know we're being watched on many fronts but what happens when that surveillance is something we invite into our own homes?What happens when we allow something to listen to every word,every song,monitor every purchase become something akin to a family member?What does that say about the comfort level we have with being under total surveillance?
As bad as government surveillance is we assume there is some means to an end in it.But what about advertising surveillance?What about not just the watching and the like counting and the eye movement tracking but what if advertisements playing on t.v. could call you out by name?What if that were just the beginning of a whole new wave of watching and tracking?
Adults sort of grasp the implications of what being watched,being tracked being monitored does but do children?What kind of world is it when the school systems subject them to this sort of treatment every single day and there is no way to opt out?
What happens when after decades of this sort of treatment people are forced to confront the idea that there may be nothing left to hide?
With facial recognition software how do we protect children from being caught in the net swallowing not just our privacy but our very identity every single day?
Reporters are not immune from the dragnet capturing us all and at times the sheer volume of surveillance on them and their work is overwhelming and scary.
In the future where our economy becomes ever more tied to plastic and chips and less tied to the anonymity of cash what does the surveillance net look like?
What happens when restaurants,bars,movie theatres and public places we congregate track us not just as we enter but also at the point of purchase,following our eyes,capturing and tracking our behaviors for analysis?
Tracking for advertising purposes is surveillance and in Dublin that takes on a totally different meaning with no way to opt out.
With nowhere to hide and no way out where do we go from here?