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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Shock The System - New Travel Technology vs Privacy

London Transport Museum are hosting a public debate on 8th February 2012 on the trade off between the benefits new technologies bring us and the price we pay in terms of our privacy.

Promoting Interaction on the Tube

Shock the System is part of London Transport Museum’s special exhibition Sense and the City which explores how emerging technologies are transforming the way we live, work and play in our cities.

The exhibition was produced in partnership with the Royal College of Art and students from the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London have also contributed their ideas for data visualisation and how technology could change how we communicate while on the move.

Although I like the idea of "The Window" (pictured above) where the "obtrusive presence of CCTV surveillance" on the Tube, is transformed into an "interactive action" allowing commuters to communicate above and below ground, one can see that this could be a massive invasion of privacy, particularly for those who have things to hide.

No urinating on the tube by futureshape
No urinating on the tube by futureshape

On 8th February 2012 BBC Radio London broadcaster, Robert Elms chairs what should be a lively debate with a panel made up of the Mayor’s Director of Environment and Digital London - Kulveer Ranger, the Evening Standard’s Comment Editor - Andrew Neather and award-winning documentary filmmaker - David Bond, who made Erasing David, a chilling film about privacy and surveillance.


Tickets: £5.00 adults, £3.00 concessions (£10.00 adults, £8.00 concessions for combined ticket for Future Cities and Shock the System events)  The debate runs from 6.30pm - 8pm at London Transport Museum and tickets can be booked online or by calling 020 7565 7298


Related Posts
Sense and the City: Dan Dare on the Tube
Will NYC subway have as much CCTV as the Tube?
Sense the City Photo Competition pictures now on display at London Transport Museum 


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