Minimize or counter digital traces?
Younghee's post about surveillance techniques tackle a very important issues wrt to digital traces:
"How would people drop out of, or at least minimize their digital traces and minimize contributing to create others’? We are probably not expecting stickers and badges showing “this person does NOT have cameras” or “this person will NOT use cameras”. One of the memorable Ubicomp conference talks was on the interesting concept of creating capture-resistant environment, preventing camera phones to take photos by overexposing photos attempted in the region covered by this technology. While I am sure there are certain types of places this technology would be very useful, I do have my doubts if there would ever be any technology successfully controlling people’s digital behaviors."
Why do I blog this? that topic is interesting because it also connects with a phenomenon Genevieve Bell described at LIFT08: the "arms race of digital deception": for every device that claims to purport to tell the truth (e.g. GPS), there is another service that allows to lie, deceit or create alibi (which is actually coming from James Katz).
So there could be two sorts of behavior: - using tools to minimize digital traces (Younghee's argument) - using tools to create counter-traces (Bell's argument)