At Sigint10 last week I interviewed artist, designer, hacker and researcher Eleanor Saitta for Spreeblick. I have to say that I very much appreciate her unagitated, down-to-earth concern about our daily dose of CCTV.
Surveillance, Eleanor says, is an advantage for some, but harming to others. While there is something inherently bad about surveillance due to its invasiveness, its effect depends massively on issues such as class and race.
On a different note, the guys behind the “cognitive cities” talk I mention have announced a conference on the issue to take place in October in Cologne today.