Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sousveillance v.s. the Art of forgetting

I had an article published in one of Sweden's main daily papers Svenska Dagbladet today. The article contrasts two different approaches to protecting oneself against surveillance: The first approach relies on law and due process (Viktor Mayer-Schonberger's idea of attaching life expectancy tags to data) while the second (Steve Mann's WearComp) has a slight anarchist bent - a sousveillance everyone-watching-over-everyone-type strategy. Feels quite timely in the midst of the heavily publicized trial against Pirate Bay.

Just in case you like it (and provided you read Swedish :-) feel free to check out some of my previous essays:

About Jewish identity in Diapora (whether defining one's identity is desirable)

Why predicting the future is a vain exercise (basically a discussion of Nassim Taleb's wonderfully entertaining books The Black Swan and Fooled by Randomness)

What Nietzsche and Finkielkraut have to say about the use and abuse of History and what it means for contemporary anti-semitism

Happy to hear what you think!

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