The ethics of forgetting in an age of pervasive computing. CASA Working Paper 92


Dodge, Martin and Kitchin, Rob (2005) The ethics of forgetting in an age of pervasive computing. CASA Working Paper 92. Working Paper. UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, London.

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Abstract

In this paper, we examine the potential of pervasive computing to create widespread sousveillance, that will complement surveillance, through the development of lifelogs; socio-spatial archives that document every action, every event, every conversation, and every material expression of an individual’s life. Examining lifelog projects and artistic critiques of sousveillance we detail the projected mechanics of life-logging and explore their potential implications. We suggest, given that lifelogs have the potential to convert exterior generated oligopticons to an interior panopticon, that an ethics of forgetting needs to be developed and built into the development of life-logging technologies. Rather than seeing forgetting as a weakness or a fallibility we argue that it is an emancipatory process that will free pervasive computing from burdensome and pernicious disciplinary effects.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Keywords: ethics; forgetting; pervasive computing; lifelogs; surveillance; sousveillance;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
Item ID: 7229
Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2016 10:43
Publisher: UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
Refereed: Yes
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