Bookmarked Privacy’s not an abstraction by an author (Fast Company)

An experiment in privacy–and the discussion that ensued–offer unexpected lessons in who gets watched, and how.

Chris Gilliard responds to a post by Kate Klonick in the New York Times exploring the teaching of privacy by modelling surveillance. This all just highlights how important it is to have discussions about privacy and how hard this can be.
Bookmarked Friction-Free Racism — Real Life by an author (Real Life)

The end game of a surveillance society, from the perspective of those being watched, is to be subjected to whims of black-boxed code extended to the navigation of spaces, which are systematically stripped of important social and cultural clues. The personalized surveillance tech, meanwhile, will not make people less racist; it will make them more comfortable and protected in their racism.

Chris Gilliard unpacks the inherent racism encoded into the operations of the surveillance state. See for example Spotify’s recent announcement to add genealogy data to their algorithm. As a part of this investigation, Gilliard provides a number of questions to consider when thinking about such data.