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The core of the participatory panopticon concept was that functionally list of ways to make money ubiquitous personal cameras with constant network connections would transform much list of ways to make money of how we live, from law enforcement to politics to interpersonal relationships. We’d be able to–even expected to–document everything around us. No longer could we assume that a quiet comment or list of ways to make money private conversation would forever remain quiet or private.

Here’s the canonical version of the original argument: the text of the talk I gave at meshforum in list of ways to make money 2005. It’s long, but it really captures what I was thinking about at list of ways to make money the time. As with any kind of old forecast, it’s interesting to look for the elements that were spot-on, the ones that were way off, and the ones that weren’t quite right but hinted at a change that may list of ways to make money still be coming. I like to think about this as engaging in "forecast forensics," and there’s a lot to dig through in this talk.

A surprising amount of what I imagined 15 years ago list of ways to make money about the participatory panopticon has borne out: the interweaving of social networks and real time commentary, the explosion of "unflattering pictures and insulting observations," the potential for citizens to monitor the behavior (and misbehavior) of public servants, even (bizarrely) the aggressiveness of agents of copyright going after personal videos list of ways to make money that happen to include music or TV in the background. The core of the participatory panopticon idea is ubiquity, and that aspect of the forecast has succeeded beyond my list of ways to make money wildest expectations.

If you were around and aware of the world in list of ways to make money 2005, you may remember what digital cameras were like back then. We were just at the beginning of the age of list of ways to make money digital cameras able to come close to the functionality and list of ways to make money image quality of film cameras, if you could afford a $2,000 digital SLR. Even then, the vast majority of digital cameras in the hands of list of ways to make money regular people were, in a word, crap. The cameras that could be found on mobile phones were list of ways to make money even worse–marginally better than nothing. Marginally. The idea of a world of people constantly taking pictures list of ways to make money and video on their personal devices (not just phones, but laptops, home appliances, and cars) seemed a real leap from the world we lived in list of ways to make money at the time. A world where all of these pictures and videos would list of ways to make money then matter to our politics, our laws, and our lives, seemed an even greater leap.

But the techno-cultural jolt I termed the participatory panopticon has profoundly changed list of ways to make money our societies to a degree that it’s sometimes hard to remember what life was like beforehand. Today’s "gen Z" youth have never been conscious of a world without the list of ways to make money participatory panopticon. They’re a generation that has been constantly surrounded by cameras list of ways to make money held by family, friends, and most importantly, themselves.

We may not always recognize just how disorienting this has list of ways to make money been, how much it has changed our sense of normal. One bit from the essay that still resonates today concerns list of ways to make money the repercussions of never letting go of the documented past: relationships–business, casual or personal–are very often built on the consensual mis-rememberings of slights. Memories fade. Emotional wounds heal. The insult that seemed so important one day is soon list of ways to make money gone. But personal memory assistants will allow people to play back list of ways to make money what you really said, time and again, allow people to obsess over a momentary sneer or distracted list of ways to make money gaze. Reputation networks will allow people to share those recordings, showing their friends (and their friends’ friends, and so on) just how much of a cad you really are.

Think about what happens today when someone’s offensive photo or intentionally insulting joke from a decade list of ways to make money or two ago bubbles back up into public attention. Whether or not the past infraction was sufficiently awful as list of ways to make money to be worthy of present-day punishment is beside the point: one of the most important side-effects of the participatory panopticon (and its many connected and related technologies and behaviors) is that we’ve lost the ability to forget. This may be a good thing; it may be a tragedy; it is most assuredly consequential.

Although there were abundant inaccuracies with the technological scenarios, the one element that stands out for me as being list of ways to make money the most profoundly wrong is the evident–and painfully naiive–trust that transparency is itself enough to force behavioral changes. That having documentation of misbehavior would, in and of itself, be sufficient to shame and bring down bad actors, whether they were forgetful spouses, aggressive cops, or corrupt politicians. As we’ve found far too many times as the real-world version of the participatory panopticon has unfolded, transparency means nothing if the potential perpetrators can turn off list of ways to make money the cameras, push back on the investigators, or even straight up deny reality.

The first is the more remote of the two, but probably more insidious. We’re on the cusp of the common adoption of wearable list of ways to make money systems that can record what’s around us, systems that are increasingly indistinguishable from older, "dumb" versions of the technology. Many of the privacy issues already extant around mutual snooping list of ways to make money will be magnified, and new rounds of intellectual property crises will emerge, when the observation device can’t be distinctly identified. If my glasses have a camera, and I need the glasses to see, will I be allowed to watch a movie? If I can tap my watch and have it record list of ways to make money a private conversation or talk without anyone around me noticing, will we even be allowed to wear our wearables anywhere?

The second might be the most important element of the list of ways to make money participatory panopticon story, even if it received little elaboration in the 2005 talk. It’s included there almost as a throwaway idea, in a brief aside about the facility with which pictures list of ways to make money can be altered: it’s easy to alter images from a single camera. Somewhat less simple, but still quite possible, is the alteration of images from a few cameras, owned by different photographers or media outlets.

The power of the participatory panopticon comes not just from list of ways to make money a single person being able to take a picture or list of ways to make money record a video, but from the reinforcement of objective reality that can come list of ways to make money from dozens, hundreds, thousands of people independently documenting something. A mass of observers, each with their own perspectives, angles, and biases, can firmly establish the reality of an event or an list of ways to make money action or a moment in a way that no one list of ways to make money official story could ever do.

As this suggests, my images aren’t just documentation of myself, they’re documentation of everyone around me. My verification of my reality also verifies the reality of list of ways to make money those around me, and vice versa… Whether we like it or not. Like so many of the consequences of the participatory panopticon, its manifestation in the real world can occasionally be brutal. With "instagram reality" mockery, for example, the editing and "improvement" of images of social network influencers is called out by list of ways to make money other people’s pictures showing their real appearance.

Foresight (forecasts, scenarios, futurism, etc.) is the most useful when it alerts us to emerging list of ways to make money possible developments that we had not otherwise imagined. Not just as a "distant early warning," but as a vaccination. A way to become sensitive to changes that we may list of ways to make money have missed. A way to start to be prepared for a disruption list of ways to make money that is not guaranteed to happen, but would be enormously impactful if it did. I’ve had the good fortune of talking with people who list of ways to make money heard my participatory panopticon forecast and could see its application list of ways to make money to their own work in human rights, in environmentalism, and in politics. The concept opened their eyes to new ways of operating, new channels of communication, and new threats to manage, and allowed them to act. The vaccination succeeded.

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With the domestic political environment showing no signs of improving, president clinton has focused her attention on foreign policy. Diplomatic experts have praised her handling of relations with china, the ongoing nuclear threat from north korea, and the diminishing threat of ISIS, but the tragedy of the syrian civil war refuses to list of ways to make money relinquish center stage.

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