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An argument that 'privacy' is not the right word to frame the current issues around data. The word doesn't connect with the unsettled issues we have with corporate and state collection and use of it. The issue is more accurately about power, and through this frame we connect to a range of critical, political and economic ideas that are more helpful to consider.

Log[edit]

  • 4 October 2013 Alex Hayes and I briefly discuss co authoring a paper with the focus of 'data analytics for people learning, not of people learning'.
  • 1 October 2013 Video published on Youtube, Archive and Wikimedia Commons
  • 26-27 September 2013 Presented to University Analytics Forum. As with all the presentations I do, these are initial ideas and thoughts that will hopefully generate comments to guide a more focused look. If it goes anywhere, I'll keep notes on a Wikiversity page

Transcript[edit]

This transcript is in the process of being edited into a paper.

  • 0:00 On all the issues, the NSA, ASIO, federal police all this
  • 0:06 thing coming up prism the word being used to describe the
  • 0:11 taboo or the issue has been privacy and
  • 0:15 at least since 2004 when I started putting myself
  • 0:19 online in a way that was has now starting to be called
  • 0:23 the quantified self basically I log almost eveything
  • 0:26 I do to my blog and and other channels
  • 0:30 privacy clearly wasn't even
  • 0:33 a concern for me and I knew for my history
  • 0:37 about surveillance industry and and dark times in our humanity
  • 0:42 and my parents were warning me, 'aren't you concerned about your privacy'
  • 0:46 I just wasn't concerned about our privacy nor was
  • 0:49 anyone else I was associating with but
  • 0:53 yet I have known about the prism and NSA
  • 0:56 phenomenon now that's in the headline news reflecting on it
  • 1:03 to me the more appropriate word to describe the
  • 1:07 issue is power so
  • 1:11 I'm going to be talking - as was introduced,
  • 1:14 a question about power. Individual power
  • 1:20 institutional power corporate power, state power
  • 1:23 and at the end suggest -
  • 1:27 as I always suggest if anyone knows but I ramble on about
  • 1:30 to the university's particularly, fundamentally rethink
  • 1:35 your position in this vastly changing
  • 1:39 quickly changing power dynamic
  • 1:44 I still at this moment in time
  • 1:47hold on to my romantic notion at the University that first paragraph
  • 1:51so I work in universities I I try to extract meaning and purpose I love life
  • 1:57and a justification for work in universities on that
  • 2:01principal but at this point in time 37 years old
  • 2:05I feel the cynicism cladding around me and actually the second paragraph is the
  • 2:10reality
  • 2:11when I think about the excellence in research Australia performance measures
  • 2:15and why that's implemented by central management
  • 2:17I think about our performance indicators and house stuff
  • 2:20dealt with I and
  • 2:24I think about specially Latrobe University the legacy
  • 2:28of I arts and humanities
  • 2:31that was for it might look for once famous is
  • 2:34almost no longer to be seen and the same thing playing out in the UK
  • 2:38in the US and things like that I'm increasingly seeing the University
  • 2:44as a place on earth oppressive power
  • 2:47of but sickly through
  • 2:51an OSHA I think older and at the University of Oklahoma I think
  • 2:55Susan over is John Susan or rewrite a paper in the early nineties forecasting
  • 2:59this phenomenon
  • 3:00and I talked a lot academic capitalism making the invisible hand
  • 3:04visible just a small paper that really haven't forgotten it since reading its
  • 3:08by referencing I'm Smith economic models about his
  • 3:12invisible hands but also positing thats
  • 3:15the University as business and be held to mark its fun I'm forces
  • 3:22has been a radical shift in the way universities operate but a quiet month
  • 3:26the learning has been allowed one and yet we haven't got much
  • 3:29much traction on the whole thing has been other so-called revolutions and you
  • 3:33know it makes another one
  • 3:34for it cycle revolutions in the sector have been loud and obnoxious and that
  • 3:39everything that this quiet ones that are going on and
  • 3:43icons personally find myself getting any traction with central management
  • 3:47to confront this issue of the university is business and how for me at least in
  • 3:52certain everyone I know
  • 3:53has fundamentally eroded the thing that I would sell
  • 3:56the university as if investors use that language I'm not going to advice by
  • 4:01family and friends to acquire sixty thousand dollar debt
  • 4:04to study something that's questionable so dumb
  • 4:07das a as power and the question then is
  • 4:13after three questions who can see South
  • 4:17I can we see and
  • 4:21let me see the first two questions and then these third one is
  • 4:25a demand and you might have heard in my Tom
  • 4:29confrontational questions at other peoples presentation up path
  • 4:33or suggesting opened our turn individual control
  • 4:36on their own daughter those three icons you must not hell 9000
  • 4:41and the artificial intelligence and the horror that's our
  • 4:45is forecast for us for that on the right maybe you don't know about the Watchmen
  • 4:49the slogan
  • 4:50the graphic novel The Watchmen its and the slogan the cousins who watches the
  • 4:53watchmen
  • 4:55I made into a movie recently and in the middle the icon for
  • 4:59the I am loosely affiliated group Anonymous
  • 5:03so if I russia today ran an interesting
  • 5:07month YouTube video
  • 5:10on the running on the back of PRISM NNSA
  • 5:15and that was the title to their earth to their own article
  • 5:19facie universities as a kind of a big brother watching thing with that with
  • 5:24their
  • 5:24what we would call as buyers lining analytics
  • 5:29the 1i was good a question about a story that's a I really consul widens my eyes
  • 5:33quite severely
  • 5:34at I had the every other university impolitic never work for these are the
  • 5:38first thing I do is try in lobby fourth
  • 5:41the University wireless network to made a free community hotspot
  • 5:45in multiple places and is perplexing to me this year this this hotel offers
  • 5:49complimentary wireless so Wellington Airport serves them
  • 5:52complimentary well as many many hotels fact Packers in fact
  • 5:56I can go pretty much across the entire country of Thailand and beyond
  • 5:59complimentary WiFi wifi
  • 6:01and yes at the University we don't see the virtue in making it available for to
  • 6:05the public
  • 6:06not just on campus but in many other notes
  • 6:09I mean in a marketing sense a line it would be a good thing to have have
  • 6:12people landing on a splash page getting the latest
  • 6:14information from University before they sorta checking their email address and
  • 6:18giving a sec
  • 6:19contact and then make enjoy the free wireless
  • 6:22anyway every university ever suggested that naturally
  • 6:26from I find myself talking to the chief information officer and
  • 6:29earth fear not uncertainty and doubt is what forced from their mouths
  • 6:34and he said to me explain to me
  • 6:37that on it the primary provider for the network in universities require
  • 6:42authentication for people joining the network
  • 6:46so when to wait a few friends I knew and he knew the terms and policies bonnet
  • 6:50which by the way are not readily available as far as I can tell
  • 6:53and up vice said actually
  • 6:56the university's overzealous in interpreting that terms conditions
  • 7:00we don't need identify fourth indication we just needs people
  • 7:03we just need an idea of how many people are going on and what am I started
  • 7:06downloading
  • 7:07maybe not even what sadat hopefully not so what about a
  • 7:10as the university's the required identified authentication
  • 7:14who that person is slowing onto the system
  • 7:17so I came back and confronted the damn the information officer
  • 7:21and I don't remember his response to that maybe he'd
  • 7:25damn maybe he just inherited that legacy of interpreting the the terms conditions
  • 7:28that way I never read them
  • 7:29himself ok or question them but he let something go
  • 7:33which is why I'm really tell me a story about the Federal Police
  • 7:38according to this man requests
  • 7:41daughter on individuals on average
  • 7:45individual to university network users on average five times
  • 7:48a month it's a small university
  • 7:52without warrant they requested and without warranty University gives the
  • 7:56information
  • 7:57what the chief information officer was concerned about is there are now laws in
  • 8:01place
  • 8:02to protect his stuff who then conduct
  • 8:05the data extraction delivery by handling information they're exposed
  • 8:09that's what he was concerned about I thought that was a rather interesting
  • 8:12thing to be concerned about
  • 8:14I'm actually interested about the human rights right there civil rights
  • 8:18and the legacy of the University being a place academic freedom knows as a
  • 8:23of course child pornography and all those things that the federal police are
  • 8:26operating on
  • 8:27Mesa be uncovered and dealt with brunch absolutely certain that they rock
  • 8:31more operation areas which are not so
  • 8:34I'm positive terrorism four-month
  • 8:38so by virtue of their federal police line sister agencies Isaiah
  • 8:43Nash the US agencies UK and c6 extra
  • 8:46there's a same lists warrantless transaction of identifiable information
  • 8:51for people who use University networks the exposure is there
  • 8:55universities present no terms and conditions to individuals who
  • 8:58sign up to be students or staff that makes this
  • 9:01phenomenon parent it's a climb I'm not pursue it
  • 9:05just make it known here this former truth hope is appropriate
  • 9:09for us so that's a trying to expose some %uh the
  • 9:13rather serious power dynamics I think that our play and you obviously know
  • 9:17where I sit on that thing and I think we are entering into a period of class
  • 9:20warfare
  • 9:20and I don't think the universities are on the right site so
  • 9:24don't be fooled this next us line a slide
  • 9:27tin can a POIs the latest thing for the landing at LAX far as I can tell
  • 9:33and in the graphics like most other rhetoric coming from university sector
  • 9:37the liner is Central's but not really the liner is central in terms of all
  • 9:41lead author everything they do the YouTube videos they watched low price
  • 9:44watch the put the lock on Facebook
  • 9:46all that is central and then it has these one directional flow
  • 9:50to was the University it will then interpret the data
  • 9:53it could be amazing tool for Alana
  • 9:57to develop self-awareness self-awareness on the courses they may or may not be
  • 10:01selecting
  • 10:02based on the bike is on the internet would be a a small
  • 10:06by the interesting at least I'm
  • 10:09I'm presentation data from a diff cam or any other lender to become
  • 10:13a little bits of where the decisions and what they're doing
  • 10:16that's why was excited about ducks work being that talkative to where I can see
  • 10:20how I
  • 10:21well my yousef the not only the long-term interests isn't the internet
  • 10:24generally
  • 10:25how I'm tracking towards trends according to trends
  • 10:29generally and I could just maybe not so maybe modify my behavior towards that
  • 10:35so I hope I'll is through this talk
  • 10:40that's of we allowed to go back
  • 10:43that was just pause and think about the flow of power going on here
  • 10:48and question that romantic notion of the university that may be actually
  • 10:52certainly sustaining me in this sort of work and how I get meaning
  • 10:56question that's try from a difference effective
  • 10:59what if the university's an instrument of power over pressure
  • 11:02of oppressive power what is more more people see that
  • 11:05packed we put in policies and procedures that prevent that hopefully
  • 11:10I and what would necessarily change and will be lose out by doing it slightly
  • 11:14differently
  • 11:17alright so the next part of the three passes can we can see
  • 11:20christa so I'm a visual arts I'm graduates
  • 11:24I spent six years drawing naked people and wondering about pencils and pens and
  • 11:28things like that
  • 11:29its but one single lecture series called analysis the visual image
  • 11:33in in the University of Newcastle course to final enough I don't think that
  • 11:37subject exists anymore because is not market demand for
  • 11:40something that has no vocational education
  • 11:43analysis is visual image I looking at semiotics and the question an allusion
  • 11:47and the things about
  • 11:49how I propagandist marketeers manipulate
  • 11:53those allusions to have ASEAN think something %uh that we aren't actually
  • 11:57saying
  • 11:58there's a really nice graphic novel called understanding comics that unpack
  • 12:01some of this some other things that really struck me
  • 12:04is this particular three friends
  • 12:07I it starts off I think it draws a circle any parts and me ask you what you
  • 12:11see
  • 12:12CS circles with a DOS and I want to see I see an orange
  • 12:17puts two dots I see a face before putting nizar line in fact it looks
  • 12:21nothing at all like a face
  • 12:23but at this point you can't see anything other than a face
  • 12:27and yet it's a circle with two dots on the line
  • 12:30and we struggle even to see the medium and distance this week and it is said
  • 12:34if I did it on the whiteboard the privacy of ice long before he sought
  • 12:38it was forget the chemical that the methanol chemical that
  • 12:41is used the color maybe not going to NC or five times a day with
  • 12:45oil or for painting acrylic you might notice all those features for your subs
  • 12:50your brain is hard-wired to see face now that some obvious one but there's so
  • 12:53many allusions
  • 12:55in that we can play out and months basically what I'm saying
  • 12:58is that they would be so many allusions in data
  • 13:01that I don't think people managing data even interpreting it
  • 13:05I very well trying to see I don't think anyone is
  • 13:10but this is an age-old dilemma the blind man holding elephant
  • 13:15many ways if of telling the story the 1i like particularly
  • 13:19is there are three scientists blind scientists
  • 13:22not visually blind mentally blind scientists you never know that he was
  • 13:26going to in a dark room
  • 13:28one is so it lets essays to one is holding tile
  • 13:31of an elephant the other one is holding a the trunk and I agree they held a
  • 13:35snake
  • 13:37that's just a little I'm a story that
  • 13:41links to month I'm
  • 13:44Ste a philosophy of thinking from India or Central Asia
  • 13:48some 500 be I'm years before Christ
  • 13:52its alright so from the visual arts training that particular subjects
  • 13:57XYZ this reading this which I'm really move past and personal life
  • 14:01we actually done see we can see we think we can see
  • 14:04but this just illusions this is nothing new for those who employ
  • 14:08first floor list all those extinct subjects of Humanities
  • 14:12but this is my reading this who I think would relate very much William Evans the
  • 14:15prince and princess
  • 14:16visual communications talks about the technological advances
  • 14:20of print or the reproducible image
  • 14:24and how that has changed fundamentally how scientific understanding of things
  • 14:28illustrations of plans going from would flop on a face to and flying on a
  • 14:32woodblock
  • 14:33and being able to get more detail on their fourth thing out to describe
  • 14:36things like
  • 14:37hair follicles on a leaf and things like that fundamentally change those who are
  • 14:40learning something
  • 14:41for representation or maybe around the actual object
  • 14:45and with %ah so that's what we're doing Jon Burge's ways of saying
  • 14:50houses and some tags on photography I
  • 14:55I want to explain it to them but if I could to
  • 14:59press those that would be one I've already mentioned Adam Curtis is all
  • 15:02watched over by machines of loving grace and that's probably the most present
  • 15:05presently relevant one looking at stuff financial and economic data
  • 15:09giving us a false picture all of that so that banks and lenders could make risk
  • 15:14more risk that was back when I was i sayin years old and suddenly they'll
  • 15:17give me a critic on the phone on finance and another credit card nothing
  • 15:21the world is going to come to an end in 10 with 10 years for sure
  • 15:24and sure enough the economic crisis came about because that couldn't be faith
  • 15:28and the three peaks for verdure down the central building stirred to the way up
  • 15:33do with that alright
  • 15:36so the demand that the end is let me see
  • 15:40so if the universities were Eva press to a spice
  • 15:45and if our people like me with a hold on that dramatic National University in
  • 15:49fact
  • 15:49we have no option but to hold on to that because there's no other place where
  • 15:53the power play might be balanced but the university's first must fundamentally
  • 15:57change the way they do things
  • 15:59personally I'm looking to work for and send my children to
  • 16:03a University of open da to open governance and the democratic process
  • 16:08a fight remarkable that the two pinnacles avail civilization western
  • 16:11culture and civilization
  • 16:13one is I'm democracy keeping your sanity check on true success trip up la
  • 16:20and the University thing I've cultural pinnacle knowledge except rap
  • 16:23and yet one has no democratic process whatsoever that I can think of
  • 16:27Stephen the peer review process I would say so
  • 16:31a University of open data in our case would have to be identified a cantata
  • 16:36so that a I can make the same analysis as any other university
  • 16:40Makati or anyone else would be making on my behalf
  • 16:45that their decisions I were openly accessible rooms to consider
  • 16:49and that their democratic process now I can't think of one
  • 16:52brought a large organization in fact probably more relevant than the
  • 16:55university sector
  • 16:57that operates in this not flawless definitely not flawless
  • 17:00Wikimedia Foundation the group that run Wikipedia and all the other reference
  • 17:04text
  • 17:05run on these principles and I find it remarkable
  • 17:08that all universities I worked at hundreds of academic so when faced with
  • 17:12teaching them how to use the internet
  • 17:14not one has ever editing Wikipedia
  • 17:20alright so if those principles and probably others that could be applied
  • 17:23could be made prevalent in the university sector
  • 17:27fanned out hope that they be guided by wave -ism as a social movement
  • 17:32wave -ism as in socialism is in feminism
  • 17:35I don't know if it's the %uh put a Google search in its only one article
  • 17:38that actually claims weight is a massage with a bit
  • 17:41is quite interesting and I counter part by Empire party
  • 17:45WikiLeaks open da open government is or cultural phenomenons that I think a
  • 17:50present in the idea
  • 17:51wave -ism and a completely absent from the university sector
  • 17:56and then going way back means a production is really what I'm talking
  • 17:59about
  • 18:00and author is a means of production but more
  • 18:04I morons eloquent I think then that mocks
  • 18:09is if I millich who's famous but the school in society
  • 18:12but I think you should be more famous for his tools of conviviality
  • 18:15which gives us a frame to get a look at the tools that we construct
  • 18:19is the system's the processes and little tools like computers and data systems et
  • 18:23cetera
  • 18:24and conviviality being a tool tool for developing a tool
  • 18:28that celebrates human to human react relations
  • 18:32I have family relations small community relations
  • 18:36and actually actively works against the constructive institutions in large
  • 18:40groups
  • 18:41that would love by and large have an impact an adverse impact
  • 18:45on those computer your ID is a few minutes
  • 18:49and then for examples here now the core project
  • 18:52as a way to hide I your identity or obscure your identity when using the
  • 18:57internet
  • 18:57if you up from presence in mind about this power dynamic that's taking place
  • 19:03the freedom box is a project that as is interesting and watch it but I haven't
  • 19:06seen any movement since 2010's announcement
  • 19:09but as individual service basically takes a
  • 19:13the deserts distributed p2p network idea
  • 19:16have anyway I can't explain it and its no way is it probably adequate
  • 19:21if you take bit torrent technology which is how the park by many others run
  • 19:26its your computer has the the the text both the software or the park video
  • 19:30legitimate video on that
  • 19:32on your computer my computer has it and when you want to copy of that
  • 19:36both acted as back thousands and fuel to the fire with liver is peer to peer
  • 19:39deliver the file
  • 19:42the why the internet primarily works at the moment now though
  • 19:45is if you wanna share me that video you upload it to YouTube
  • 19:48I got you choose and download that thing giving you choose an immense amount of
  • 19:51power
  • 19:52of and others who have access to you to Tara
  • 19:55so the freedom box is basically putting social media
  • 19:59interactions communications back to that PSP amoral
  • 20:03so your computer primarily becomes a server where your photos are
  • 20:07and if you're connected your photos are available if they're not their offline
  • 20:12but there isn't that an immediate ruling the middle
  • 20:15and then a key for Windows since 1995
  • 20:18you think I'm bad you should hear Richard Richard Stallman talk on free
  • 20:22software
  • 20:23but I think these principles on the lawn what he's talking about some
  • 20:27I am and I think they would be very interesting
  • 20:30from somebody who's more eloquent in bed is bigger than I am a thinker than I am
  • 20:33to be able to take what his centrally what he's saying which actually connects
  • 20:36to historical thing socially
  • 20:39I and apply them in this very challenging context have
  • 20:42rationalize business sized university sector where the humanity that is
  • 20:47is gone South
  • 20:51what I mean to say with is it's not about privacy
  • 20:54it's about power reflect on the university's a palace but I space have
  • 20:58power
  • 20:59and then maybe consider what we're building
  • 21:03what we're feeding into verse let them out iron inadequacies
  • 21:08we are so inadequate compared to the system's a behind in what they're
  • 21:12plugged into in fact we're being manipulated by them
  • 21:14its and maybe consider the university sector
  • 21:18as a one of the last remaining possibly spices up before the state