Surveillance is it important?
In live we are always under surveillance, or at least we feel like it. As a child we are afraid that our parents might see what we are doing, or become surprised when our parents found out that we did something after we tried to cover it up. at school we are under surveillance by our teachers or authorities either through grades, test, reports. We are under surveillance constantly , but now we are more and more being watched. With the CCTvs everywhere, our on line behavior, forms that we have to fill in giving away our identities our details our lives.
Surveillance at work is it important?
One characterstic of these post modern age society is the dissapearance of trust. We question everything that is
The company is in constant competition, and become thrifty with money, they want to make sure that their money are used and returned properly. The company wants to make sure they profit because without profit the company will die.
While the employees want to make sure they work on their own pace but gain money. With the media projecting consumerism its easy to fall for easy money. But what if the employees don’t watch TV? They just don’t have any choice but to work, to continue another day.
Is surveillance a must in that case?
When it comes to protecting assets surveillance become a must. When it comes to money well there is no mercy. I’ve worked as an HR and we constantly monitor the employees, what time do they clock in and out, my Manager even breakdown their salary in minutes so that he can explain to employees who are late what they cost to the company. Monitring is done not by CCtv but performance report for sales people, managers report based on lower level reports. surveillance is going on. In an informal way employees are watching other employees , surveillance again.
Employee records are only accesible by HR, privacy is maintained, employees are not allowed to discuss pay slips , that’s privacy. But in the end we all know who got paid how much. Surveillance is done in counting overtime hours, employee performance etc. Sometimes we have to know what is going on in the employees house , surveillance again.
But how much should be under surveillance? A farmer uses a scarecrow to keep birds from stealing its crops. But things will be missing even a grain.
Sharing on the web are we trying to project something.
I’ve been an internet user for quite sometime. I had several blogs. I tried to be honest to whoever is reading my blog that they see me. I’m not using strange avatars or picture profile. After I got married I limit my thoughts and pictures that I share .
There is this quote from the Godfather saying that don’t let anybody know what you are thinking.and there is this digital permanence. What goes on the Internet stays on the Internet
When i started working at Amazon as a temporary associate three years ago I was told that there should be secrets kept to Amazon and that employees are subject to prosecution of leaking Amazon’s secret. I was already keeping a blog just to keep in touch with my family and friends. I want to tell them what was going on with my life but not jeopardizing my job. I got fired by the end of christmas and later compiled my experience in a series of comic strips with no mentioning of where I work and i searched the internet of already available information to use.
Later i found more blogging platforms such as deviantart, wordpress, and so on. Still I select what I post. On Deviantart I want to show my skills, or my creativity. I was using multiply for mor personal matters but i got closed down and I switched to WOrdpress. Still on wordpress I kept control on what I’m saying or sharing because I can not control who can see what and what going to happen with that information.
Before wordpress there was Multiply.com. On multiply I had more control on who seeing what and who came by to my site. Although who are behind each avatar visiting could be fake.
I’m also using Linkedin with a more serious purposes of finding a job, consciously putting my skills to be found by search engines and later to be recommended to a job. Same thing with online job websites, where I upload my CV with my phone number including address. Its scary now to think that i’ve exposed myself that much. But is it something avoidable, if you don’t put your address does it make you a fake? While the address itself could be fake.
“Stop. Think. Click.”
I’m using Facebook one as my comic studio and Two as my self. When it comes to my personal facebook I limit my contacts to the one I know. And set the post to friends only. Still I know that Facebook knows more than what I share. Facebook is constantly monitoring my online behavior and what I click.
The same when it comes to online shopping such as Amazon or Ebay, where there show my recent buying and recent showing and later making suggestion on things that I should buy. In my opinion this kind of surveillance is nifty and handy because we are recommended things that the program thinks is suitable for us, in an effort to boost sales. A really cost saving techniques.
Am I bothered by that? Well, lets say you like to go to a shop regularly and someday the store keeper recommended you some stuff that you were looking for. Would I be offended that the storekeeper has been surveilling me? I don’t think i should be.
As a web designer i’m consciously putting in codes into web pages in order to be find by google bots, or search engine bots. I also consciously try to arrange a web page so it becomes search engine friendly. In a way I want to be monitored, the more the better. On facebook as a comic studio I tried to be found, accept friends , like pages, be social.
So far I’ve researched into the dark part of surveillance, where our identity is exposed openly.
If it is socialmedia then we are building a hyperreality, we are playing roles according to what our avatar is or what we want to be, a bully, a troll, a handyman, a loving person, somebody with lots of ‘friends’, we try to build a virtual relationship. with the progress of technology people are more accustomed to touching glass than feeling paper. Will people cease to use organic materials, will books die? In accordance to surveillance will we be measured by barcodes that are scannable? how will the social media be in the next 10 years. WIll we be just downloading what the data said about a person instead of talks and meetings and building trust and likeness? Will everything be on click of button because we gave all our data stored somewhere and a program just decide for you?
as a designer where do i stand? Will i be able to do commision just by seeing somebody’s profile on facebook? I think I already use social media to learn about person with the convenience of the internet that bring people virtually closer. But not necessarily being who we are, scanning blogs, instagrams, twitters, for patterns of humanity so that i can execute my commision without clients needing to tell me. But is that the real person? It could be somebody else’s picture (a scamming technique pretty popular these days).
Are we becoming less less personal, more mechanical. Back to the surveillance culture, in a article about privacy 25% of people doesn’t care about their privacy. (http://blog.bufferapp.com/10-surprising-social-media-statistics-that-will-make-you-rethink-your-strategy)
so is privacy dead? We still close our doors, close our curtains, lock the car, keep password hidden, keep keys safe. But i’ve listen to this campaign becyberstreetwise.com where it implies that people are becoming more and more careless or not ignorant about their privacy. SHould we warn them?