Not Big Brother, but close: a surveillance expert explains some of the ways we’re all being watched, all the time

Thu, 5 Jan 2023 12:00:06 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at]>

Andrew Pam

"A group of researchers studied 15 months of human mobility movement data taken
from 1.5 million people and concluded that just four points in space and time
were sufficient to identify 95% of them, even when the data weren’t of
excellent quality.

That was back in 2013.

Nearly ten years on, surveillance technologies permeate all aspects of our
lives. They collect swathes of data from us in various forms, and often without
us knowing.

I’m a surveillance researcher with a focus on technology governance. Here’s my
round-up of widespread surveillance systems I think everyone should know

       *** Xanni ***
--               Andrew Pam                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu            Partner, Glass Wings               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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