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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Waze as Panopticon

In the New Yorker.   Google subsidiary, social driving App Waze is sharing its data with Los Angeles.  Data driving and pattern improvement and intelligence.   How is this like Bentham's Panopticon?  What are the implications?

" ....  The L.A.-Waze partnership is, at least in theory, an initial step toward allowing the city’s planners and engineers to regain a healthier role in mediating the kinds of longstanding cross-town conflicts that Waze has renewed and amplified. Whether the deal will help to resolve fundamental long-term issues related to the city’s growth and inadequate infrastructure is another matter. It’s even still up for question whether improved data-sharing will improve conditions in the short run. .. " 

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