What is not private will be surveilled

Good discussions are ongoing about the boundaries of private and public space. Players have pointed out some of the dilemmas unfolding as a double move of more privitzation of public services occurs at the same time public space come under increasing surveillance.

Player Mathieu points out the “chilling effects” that surveillance could have on a robust commons.

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cssmith offers a solution: barriers (legal, cultural, financial?) to how much public space can be sold or licensed to private interests.

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Naturally, this public/private boundary gets even more blurry when talking about electronic information. Many players have been playing in this blurry space, with a couple of provocations that stood out to me regarding information and our criminal justice system.

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Its a strange world when public space is being managed like a prison, while prisons are being privatized.

When the lubrication of private efficiency is combined with the “drying” effects of surveillance, will it create a vicious cycle that desiccates any remaining public spaces of their social benefit? What do you think?


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