Monday, January 7, 2008

Popular Mechanics on Surveillance and Accountability

This is a interesting short read on how to make surveillance more acceptable in society. Basically, the author argues that the reason why people fear surveillance is that they don't know how the collected information is being used. It suggests that people would be more accepting of surveillance if they could watch the watchers. Conceptually, this is very similar to David Brin's ideas that he set forth in his book, The Transparent Society. Personally, I find such an argument a little hard to swallow. Simply because I know what you are doing doesn't mean that I should agree with, or allow, it to continue.