"Social media has changed. After 10 years of popular use, the information in our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter profiles is no longer just about the current moment or instant connections. Instead of simply broadcasting our thoughts and actions as they happen, these platforms have become a biographical archive of our lives, storing our photos and recording where we went and who we were with. The result of this archiving is that social media is taking on a new role in the way that we remember."

So if we rely more and more on social media to archive our memories, how will it shape how we remember? As time passes, more of people’s lives will be captured in these profiles. And when we want to remember our lives and the lives of the people we connect with, we will inevitably turn to the data stored in these social media archives. Our memories might then be shaped by the types of things that we choose to include in our visible social media profiles, or even in less visible spaces protected by our privacy settings (as included in the Memories feature).
Source: http://www.theage.com.au/technology/techno...

"At the Stanford shopping center in Palo Alto, California, there is a new sheriff in town – and it’s an egg-shaped robot.

[...]

“Everyone likes to take robot selfies,” Stephens said. “People really like to interact with the robot.” He said there have even been two instances where the company found lipstick marks on the robot where people had kissed the graffiti-resistant dome.

The slightly comical Dalek design was intentional..."

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/ma...

Tim Holt and Katina Michael. "Dashcams Used to Gather Evidence of Adverse Driver Behaviour: Police Encourage Reporting by Citizens" ABC South East NSW Radio: Mornings with Tim Holt Jan. 2015.

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"The father of a man fatally shot by police at an Ohio Wal-Mart says a phone call in which he heard his son's dying breaths keeps replaying in his head.

John Crawford III, was shot August 5, in a Wal-Mart. A 911 caller told police that Crawford III was waving a weapon that turned out to be an air rifle.

Officers have said Crawford III was shot when he didn't respond to orders to put the gun down.

His father, John Crawford Jr, talked about the last day of son's life to The Cincinnati Enquirer.

The Crawford family and their attorney have said that a section of store surveillance video they saw shows Crawford III holding the air rifle and talking on his mobile phone.

The family has requested public release of the store video. But Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has refused to release it while the investigation is continuing."

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"A man walks through Wal-Mart, holding something to his ear as he passes a gun case.

He leans toward a shelf and steps back into view, now holding a long, dark object — a gun? — as he walks past customers, who show no obvious reaction.

Eight minutes later, surveillance video from a different angle shows him farther away.

Suddenly he drops the object and crumples to the floor. Two more people come into view, walking toward him with firearms drawn.

Was it a justified fatal shooting by police or an unreasonable use of force? Does the soundless video offer enough information to answer that question?

In the Wal-Mart case and others, cameras meant to help catch bad guys or document police actions are drawing attention for capturing officers using force.

The public circulation of those images increases transparency, but it also adds the risk of viewers rushing to judgment based on only part of the story.

"You might see a video and think that because you're seeing an actual sort of account of what happened, you know the whole story.

And it's very rare that a video is actually going to be able to tell the whole story," said Ric Simmons, an Ohio State University professor of criminal law.

At that Wal-Mart in Beavercreek, outside Dayton, 22-year-old John Crawford III was talking on a cellphone and picked up an air rifle on August 5.

A 911 caller reported seeing someone waving a gun and pointing it at people. Police said Crawford was shot when he didn't respond to officers' orders to drop the weapon, something the video can't prove because there's no audio.

Crawford's relatives and their attorneys say he was "shot on sight" with no chance to respond and that the video proves the shooting was unreasonable.

A grand jury concluded it was justified. A federal investigation is pending.

Sometimes a video instantly offers incriminating evidence. In South Carolina this month, a state trooper was fired and charged with assault after his dashboard video, with audio, showed an unarmed driver being shot in the hip."

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"The big questions for the developers at next year's Wearables DevCon might be more sociological than technical. What is it about this wave of computers that attracts appalling people?

In January 2013, Sony lodged a patent in the US for a ''Smartwig'' - a toupee that includes GPS, recording, laser-pointing and internet-browsing functions. Let's face it - the chances that anyone wearing a computerised wig will be cool are vanishingly small.

The same applies, quite possibly, to techno-socks. These are already in early production, in the lucrative fitness market. There are a couple of makes, but each uses embedded technology to relay information to joggers about stride length, weight distribution, blood pressure, nutrient consumption and so on.

''I know I'm getting fitter because my socks told me,'' is not, on the face of it, a line likely to win friends in many neighbourhood bars. The evangelist follow-up might have punters reaching for a tea-towel: ''Would you like to try them on and run around the block?''

Are wearables today's safari suit - practical, but impossibly naff? We shall see, looking through a Google Glass, darkly." 

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/backlash-targets-wearable-technology-20140326-35gz7.html#ixzz2xS176wpF

We talked about the sociological issues at ISTAS13! http://veillance.me

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Great to see a few scholars coming out and questioning the data being gathered by event data recorders in cars. MG Michael and I have raised such concerns in the past, and have even pondered on the IMPLANTABLE black box recorder in the body that might one day well and truly make its widespread diffusion heralding in the age of uberveillance!