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The ethics of forgetting in an age of pervasive computing

Dodge, M.; Kitchin, R.; (2005) The ethics of forgetting in an age of pervasive computing. (CASA Working Papers 92). Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (UCL): London, UK. Green open access

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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.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: The ethics of forgetting in an age of pervasive computing
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.casa.ucl.ac.uk/working_papers/paper92.p...
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1292
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