Posts Tagged ‘surveillance’

Crystal Surveillance - June 8th, 2011

crystal security camera

Crystal embedded security camera

Dallmeier electronics sells a security camera with 600 Swarovski crystals adorning it. It’s security bling. The panopticon meets the hyper-reality simulacrum. Buy it so that people will know that you have lots of stuff to steal but shouldn’t because they are being secretly but ostentatiously monitored. It’s a chandelier for your augmented reality.

Get the specs here (pdf) or here (web).

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Posted: 6/8/11 4:00 pm PDT by Comments Off
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Congratulations Dr. Nguyen - May 20th, 2011

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Congratulations to Dr. David H. Nguyen who just defended his Ph.D. thesis:

Title: Perceptions and Attitudes Towards Tracking and Recording Technologies in Everyday Life

Abstract: Technologies and tools for electronic tracking and recording personal data have become easier to use, less expensive, and more pervasive in recent years. These tracking and recording technologies (TRTs) often work implicitly, in the background, without explicit effort nor full understanding on the part of the users (or those being tracked and recorded). Little is understood about how individuals make decisions about adoption or rejection of such implicit TRTs. A significant challenge then is to understand the processes by which the general public perceives and responds to these technologies, balanced along with their concerns for information privacy. Using multiple methods – interviews, the day reconstruction method, and paratyping, in concurrence with the deployment of a validated survey instrument for the concern of information privacy (CFIP) – this dissertation shows that participants are simultaneously highly concerned about information privacy and not always concerned about the specific technologies they use everyday that can track and record their personal data. There are three primary contributions in this dissertation. One, I catalog in situ perceptions and attitudes towards the concern for information privacy and TRTs. Two, by showing that traditional models of information privacy, such as CFIP, can be helpful but not sufficient to analyze the perceptions and attitudes towards TRTs, I identify the issues associated with applying the CFIP model to analyze TRTs. And three, I provide recommendations for the expansion of the CFIP model for use on TRTs.


  1. Dr. Gillian Hayes (chair)
  2. Dr. Richard Beckwith
  3. Dr. Paul Dourish
  4. Dr. Don Patterson

Great Job David!

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Posted: 5/20/11 10:27 pm PDT by Add Your Comment
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Sharks sending text messages to alert beachgoers - January 6th, 2010


Photo courtesy of Flickr:artolog

“More than 70 white pointers have been tagged by scientists is Western Australia in a world first trial that will send beach lifesavers a text message when one of the predators swims close to the Perth shoreline.”

From: Telegraph

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Posted: 1/6/10 12:21 pm PDT by Comments Off
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Law Enforcement Back Channel to Cell-Phone Location Data Revealed - December 1st, 2009


“Sprint Nextel provided law enforcement agencies with its customers’ (GPS) location information over 8 million times between September 2008 and October 2009. This massive disclosure of sensitive customer information was made possible due to the roll-out by Sprint of a new, special web portal for law enforcement officers.

The evidence documenting this surveillance program comes in the form of an audio recording of Sprint’s Manager of Electronic Surveillance, who described it during a panel discussion at a wiretapping and interception industry conference, held in Washington DC in October of 2009.”

slight paranoia: 8 Million Reasons for Real Surveillance Oversight

I think the thing that makes this noteworthy is the portal. If such a thing really does exist, then it lowers the barrier to getting cell-phone based location on people to such a degree that the potential for abuse is much higher. The next barrier that would make abuse easier would be if the portal simultaneously sourced from multiple carriers besides Sprint.
I have a curious feeling that this will result in more bizarre social behavior than it will in violations of civil liberties: Now off-duty cops will be showing up at all of the same clubs as Paris Hilton, information about Tiger Woods’ latest travels will be leaked to TMZ, and important people will stop owning phones and opt to use their assistant’s phones instead.
The Grameen phone ladies are coming to the U.S., but for very different reasons.

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Posted: 12/1/09 2:09 pm PDT by Add Your Comment
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Security Camera as Lamp - August 23rd, 2009

security camera lamp

From (MoCo Loco: Spoticam by Antrepo) comes this clever lamp that is in the shape of a security camera.

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Posted: 8/23/09 4:45 pm PDT by Add Your Comment
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Unsurveillance in Cambridge, MA - February 13th, 2009

security camera, mural, flag

Photo courtesy of flickr:SeraphimC 107835010

From WCVB Boston via Slashdot

“CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Cambridge may be one of the first cities in the nation to squash a move to put surveillance cameras on city streets, saying it’s worried about residents’ privacy rights, but the decision may end up costing the city the more than a quarter of a million dollars that’s already been spent on the project.

“Because of the slow erosion of our civil liberties since 9/11, it is important to raise questions regarding these cameras,” said Marjorie Decker, a Cambridge city councilor.”

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Posted: 2/13/09 8:42 am PDT by Comments Off
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Surveillance Cameras Run Amok - December 11th, 2008

surveilled handbag

surveilled handbag

It’s the last week of the quarter. So here’s a fun photo to generate some thinking about consumerism, surveillance and technology. From here via BoingBoing. It’s a shop window in Dublin with a bunch of cameras pointing at a handbag.

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Posted: 12/11/08 8:08 am PDT by Comments Off
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Surveillance: The Film Series - July 22nd, 2008

Visual Studies at UCI

Visual Studies at UCI

Programmed by Thomas Stubblefield, Ph.D. student, UCI Visual Studies Program Thursdays in August at 7:00 pm in HIB 100.

From shopping at the local grocery store, to surfing the internet, to using a library card, surveillance has become an inescapable part of everyday life. Not surprisingly, it is also a subject that has figured prominently in the history of film where it has served to call attention to abuse of power on the part of the state, to diagnose our collective paranoia or to simply disclose the seemingly innate pleasure of watching another. This series will bring together a handful of films on the subject in order to ask timely questions about the relationship of privacy and security, the role of technology in day-to-day life and the social and personal consequences of living in a state of constant surveillance.

* Free to UCI students, faculty, staff and visitors
* No need to RSVP
* Location: Humanities Instructional Building (HIB), Room 100
(Building #610 on campus map)
* Parking available in the Mesa Structure for $5 or Lot 7 for $7
* Free snacks provided to enjoy during the film
* Participate in a group discussion after the film
* Programmed by UCI grad students

More info here.

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Posted: 7/22/08 5:28 pm PDT by Comments Off
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Anti-Surveillance Hack - July 11th, 2008

To round out the week, here’s a hack to flare out the video on surveillance cameras. Another LUCI lab challenge – validate it!

Invisible Mask – video powered by Metacafe

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Posted: 7/11/08 5:30 pm PDT by Comments Off
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The Many Faces of Surveillance - February 26th, 2007

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Photo courtesy of paulworthington

Congratulations to Informatics Graduate Student Judy Chen on the recent acceptance for publication of the following workshop paper:

J. Chen, “The Many Faces of Surveillance.” Position paper for the workshop “Imaging the City” held at International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI, San Jose, CA, April 2007.

Congratulations Judy!

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Posted: 2/26/07 8:00 am PDT by Comments Off
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