Tag # 000880
Information Technology and their role in Surveillance Societies.
This paper is a little out of date terminology wise, but many
of the predictions that I made in 1994 have been pretty right
on. Back then I still called the "Internet" the Information
Superhighway , and most of my interactions with the net came
through the Gopher system and then later Mosaic.
The paper talks about how information technology is used to
gather personal information in an effort to control people.
I review literature by Foucault and also look at Jeremy Bentham's
My current project allmylifeforsale is informed by my research
into information technologies. Part of this project to to see
what happens when all of the information collected about my
spending patterns and the like is radically changed. If I no
longer own the things that supposedly define the type of consumer
that I am, will I still consume the same goods and services?
Or should the tele-marketers start to call the people who have
bought my life?
It's not a bad read if you can deal with the "information
superhighway" language. I still have to thank Trey and
LM for proof reading this document. You may have noticed
that I am still in need of a proofreader.