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True Crime Blogging

This site is an interesting mix of blogging and amateur online investigative journalism – trying to get more information on reported crimes by searching Google, MySpace, etc. Lots of advertising, though – true crime is a popular and lucrative...

Wikipedia and AI

Lately I’ve been looking at the possibility of using Wikipedia’s interlinking to study collective memory – seeing what associations are made and so on. Here’s an article about using similar techniques to make computers smarter. For example, with anti-spam...

Surveillance theory and ‘that video’

In Consumer Technology after Surveillance Theory, Richard Rogers and Sabine Niederer talk about how consumer technology unsettles old institutional power, possibly bringing a whole new set of problems along. There was the consumer-soldier, for example, who produced the Abu...

Leading Surveillance societies

And here’s yet another reason why we should all move to Belgium…. or consider moving to Germany! I wanted to show this chart yesterday in class, during our discussion of Philip Agre’s article “Surveillance and capture: Two models of...