Sareeta Amrute, Reetika Khera, Adam Willems
Sound, movement, temperature, affect: What machines sense for the sake of monitoring populations and their characteristics transcends traditional realms of surveillance. The term surveillance, combining the idea of being above with the notion of watching, suggests an all-seeing center that is at far remove from the object of its attention. But this notion of being watched from above does not encompass in any detailed way the use of fingerprint and iris scans, fever monitors, infrared cameras, cell-site simulators, and social media monitoring that make up contemporary governance and control apparati. Being watched is greater than being seen, and it…
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