More Amateur Surveillance: License Plate Scanning

We've seem to have recently turned a corner where advanced surveillance & data mining technologies are now increasingly marketed to everyday people. Wired News reports on a new vehicle license plate scanning and tracking that is being pitched to more…

Surveillance, Privacy and the Ethics of Vehicle Safety Communication Technologies

For those readers interested in the intersections between privacy in public, locational privacy, contextual integrity, and vehicle technologies, my article "Surveillance, Privacy and the Ethics of Vehicle Safety Communication Technologies" has been published in the journal Ethics and Information Technology…

Privacy, Web 2.0 and Photographing Strangers – Wired has it Wrong

The rise of camera phones, blogs and photo sharing sites like Flickr means people are frequently taking pictures of complete strangers in public places and posting them on the web. A reader asks Wired magazine if that's a violation of…

Digital camera plus GPS = Flickr mapping heaven?

I've stumbled across a few blog posts extolling the virtues of having a GPS-enabled digital camera. For example: My wife doesn't want to have to carry around two bulky devices and greatly extend the already considerable time it takes her…

Google Wins Right to Track Wi-Fi Users in San Francisco

A partnership between Google and Earthlink beat other bids to provide municipal wi-fi to the citizens of San Francisco. While muni-wi-fi is definitely a step towards lessening the digital divide, this particular plan is not as "free" as Google says…