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Phonopticon: The age of mobile surveillance.

Ganguly, Mudit (2018) Phonopticon: The age of mobile surveillance. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Ganguly, Mudit
Abstract:

Smartphones play an intimate role in everyday life. What many users don't know is that these devices have unparalleled access to their data. Companies like Facebook, Apple and Google commodify and share personal data with third parties. This data passes back and forth between third parties but also makes its way to governments. The controversy that followed Edward Snowden’s revelations is an ideal segue into current problems of surveillance and privacy.
This thesis argues that knowledge about privacy breaches carried out by mobile applications leads to awareness about privacy. Research through design was used to create the Phonopticon, an immersive installation that gives viewers knowledge about privacy breaches. Just like Jeremy Bentham’s panopticon enables guards to observe prisoners without their knowledge, the applications on our smartphones gather and share our data without our knowledge. This thesis contends that we’re living in a Phonopticon – the age of mobile surveillance.

Official URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMCSj7ZAnMU
Date: April 2018
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Digital Futures
Date Deposited: 10 May 2018 13:16
Last Modified: 17 May 2018 19:47
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2250

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