October 26, 2003

Buffalo, NY - a small K-8 charter school requires students to wear Radio-frequency identification tags (RFID) in order to access students' disciplinary, attendance, health, library and cafeteria records.

"... the Buffalo experiment is getting children ready for the brave new world, where people are watched 24/7 in the name of security," said Richard Smith.,1282,60898,00.html?tw=wn_story_page_prev2

September 25, 2003

Biloxi, Miss - spent $2 million to install 800 cameras in every classromm and hallway.

"In observance of the democratic process, we're willing to give up a lot of privacy... in the interet of safety," Maryann Graczyk said.

"Putting cameras on children trains them to believe that being watched every minute of the day is O.K., that Big Brother is O.K.," said Steve Lilienthal. "They should be teaching them to behave not because a camera is on them, but because it's the right thing to do."

September 20, 2003

"If Bentham's project [the Panopticon] aroused interest, this was because it provided a formula applicable to many domains, the formula of 'power through transparency.'" -- Michel Foucault, "The Eye of Power," 1977.

September 10, 2003

In the thesis class today, we made a concept map which draws all the ideas and terms that we could think of, and tried to make connections between them. Thanks to Tolga, rJ and Jason.

Terms: Surveillance, monitor, control, command, authority, politics, spy, invasion, protection, crime, security, UN, panopticon, prison, orwell/1984, rule, order, public, privacy, space, time, exposure, reveal, display, see, be seen, care, don't care, webcam, CCTV, watch, observation, routine, loop, repetition, narrative, TV show: big brother, game, play, sound, get attention, meet people, emotion, reaction, behavior, peep, daily life, bagel, donut, policemen, government, power, abuse, minority, hidden, justice, poll, prevention, mirror, video, camera, film, tape, evidence, boundary, license, law enforcement.

Those terms can be divided into three groups:

1. Security – monitor, control, command, authority, politics, protection, crime, UN, panopticon, prison, orwell/1984, rule, order, policemen, government, power

2. Daily life – people, routine, behavior, bagel, donut, policemen, repetition

3. Boundary – public/private space, reaction, emotion, invasion

Key terms:

1. Public space vs. private space – a space within a camera’s sight is considered to be a public space, otherwise, is considered as a private space. If there is a webcam in a bathroom, the bathroom is a public space. If a video camera only films 2/3 part of a room, this 2/3 part is a public space, and another 1/3 part of a room is a private space.

2. Reaction – what is the reaction to being watched? Will people behave differently if they know they are being watched?

3. Psychological effects – why do some people want to be watched online 24/7?

September 08, 2003


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