Placing ourselves in the shoes of Winton Smith and
walking about town gave us a glimpse into the Orwellian
notion of a surveillance society. We get a sense that
stepping out of line, in Orwell's world, meant that
the action would be met with serious consequences.
The state surveillance in that world was in place
to control a population.
The invasions of privacy that we endure move beyond
merely the state initiated. We deal with corporations
that gather and share our personal information. Employers
seek new ways to supervise the efficiency of the employees.
The media hound celebrities sure, but now, even non-celebrities
are captured on film and displayed on the Net.
It is true that contemporary democracies have laws
that protect their citizens from serious invasions
of privacy. The difficulty for us, and those who interpret
the laws when it really counts, is to collectively
agree upon what constitutes an invasion of privacy.
For one person, street cameras, that monitor citizens'
activity, may be a violation and, for another, they
may offer security.
The activities presented here are designed to help
you to begin to explore notions of privacy within
the public domain.