The Nine Eyes of Google Street View [¿Surveillance or Spectacle?]

Two years ago, Google sent out an army of hybrid electric automobiles, each one bearing nine cameras on a single pole. Armed with a GPS and three laser range scanners, this fleet of cars began an endless quest to photograph every highway and byway in the free world.

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Consistent with the company’s mission “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” this enormous project, titled Google Street View, was created for the sole purpose of adding a new feature to Google Maps.

Every ten to twenty meters, the nine cameras automatically capture whatever moves through their frame. Computer software stitches the photos together to create panoramic images. To prevent identification of individuals and vehicles, faces and license plates are blurred.

Today, Google Maps provides access to 360° horizontal and 290° vertical panoramic views (from a height of about eight feet) of any street on which a Street View car has traveled. For the most part, those captured in Street View not only tolerate photographic monitoring, but even desire it. Rather than a distrusted invasion of privacy, online surveillance in general has gradually been made ‘friendly’ and transformed into an accepted spectacle. [cont.]

Jon Rafman wrote [August, 2009] an essay
about "Google Images... The Operating System"

a short vídeo about one of my locative-live streaming-[¿sousveillance?] projects:
CityMapping Performance MP @ The Everydayness' Manifesto
[jan-aug, 2006]



Google Operating System #2: Image Swirl

"The service organizes image search results based on their visual and semantic similarities and presents them in an intuitive exploratory interface."

Visualization tool series, one of them we posted here two weeks ago

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Google Image Swirl clusters the top image search results for more than 200,000 queries and it lets you explore the clusters and the relation between images.

"Once you find the group of images you're interested in, you can click on the thumbnail and a cluster of images will "swirl" into view. You can then further explore additional sub-groups within any cluster. Image Swirl expands on technologies developed for Similar Images and Picasa Face Recognition to discern how images should be grouped together and build hierarchies out of these groups. Each thumbnail on the initial results page represents an algorithmically-determined representative group of images with similar appearance and meaning. These aren't just the most relevant images — they are the most relevant groups of images,"

[tks 2 h.d.mabuse’s tip]


YouTube in a Rhizome Interface? [REPOSTED]

Videos Linked, Tracking Views
Two weeks ago I read a post and retweeted it:
[galera da palestra de Designers @ UNESP,
segue abaixo algumas imagens etc apresentadas neste último final-de-semana!]
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Qualquer um pode testar online através dos seguintes passos:

1. Open your browser*
2. At URL, copy&paste this link:
[or just click here]
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3. What is the difference between this url to the original one at YouTube page/ platform!?
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You can also do it! Choose a YouTube page you want to watch a video, and just change the word "watch" >> "warp.swf". So easy to play inside YouTube in a different way, doesn't it? Enjoy it! :)
[tks to Ana Freitas, Seção: Web 2.0 às 14:35:27]

"nao importam os autores.
jah nao ha autores em google?
somente links.
como vc passa de um video ao outro?
caminhos em google...
rastros online...
surveillanceme @ google wave...
youtube, digo.



and guys, I loved your teaser for the next meeting: this a frame about your concept of "record-registering" [Smile: you are being taped], a lot of fun! Cheers!! ;)
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a software package that enables a user to find and read hypertext files, esp on the World Wide Web
, Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 6th Edition 2003. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

A program that accesses and displays files and other data available on the Internet and other networks. Entering a website's URL in the address window of a browser will bring up that website in the browser's main window., The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
A program that accesses and displays files and other data available on the Internet and other networks., The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

2. browser - a program used to view HTML documents
web browser
application program, applications programme, application - a program that gives a computer instructions that provide the user with tools to accomplish a task; "he has tried several different word processing applications"

Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2008 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


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RE:POSTED Our Surveillance Life [a Brazillian Report: Public Security and automobile]

carro chip

Until 2014 [the Year of World Cup in Brasil and
two years before the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro],
according to a new national regulation [October 29th, 2009]
every car must install RFID* on it.

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In Mexico it is already a reality:
[Secretaría de Seguridad Pública]

"June 29, 2009 >> Comeinza registro público y con ello la colocación de etiquetas con chip de readiofrecuencia que permitiran tener mayor control de los movimientos en todo el país."

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assista a este video brasileiro
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*RFID >> radio-frequency identity (or identification) is other method of security tagging, also used for location [like GPS, but with different accuracy & technologies]


Share The Experience or “Um debate sobre o anonimato na internet mereceria ser levado a sério” + Mobile Phones Tracking

Another mobile live streaming tool

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Qik is the easiest way to share every-day life experiences with your friends and family, as they happen.

We'll send out live updates to your friends on your favorite social networks; you can even sign into Qik using just your Facebook or Twitter login!


here: FREE Watch & Download it!

Camera phones offer snapshot of an era:
mobiles that can take pictures have become almost a vital extension of our lives

If the digital revolution had produced nothing except the camera phone, it would still have had a transformative effect on most people's lives. It is not only in the throes of destroying whole industries – such as film processing and standard cameras – but it has also changed these devices from being a passive recorder of life into an active, constant participant. You can take photos or videos and send them directly to friends, newspapers or to websites such as YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, geograph or qik, which store billions of experiences and enable like-minded people throughout the world to form communities.
Recently, at the Tuttle Club in London, I saw an upcoming iPhone app using augmented reality enabling you to turn around through 360 degrees with your camera phone to pick up all the public Wi-Fi spots from nearby to miles away. The idea is to create a community of public space workers.

[tks 2 andré lemos' tip]

"Reporters Without Borders deals with issues related to anonymity almost every day. Being anonymous on the web has unfortunately become synonymous with behaving in a cowardly fashion, or posting offensive comments. But in many countries, anonymity is all about protecting the security of bloggers who risk their lives in order to publish information.
But consider the example of Twitter user Elliot Madison. He was arrested by the FBI and charged of hindering prosecution after he allegedly used the social networking site Twitter to help protesters evade police at the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh. Madison was giving the location of the riot police on the ground, but so too were reporters and news helicopters. His arrest is certainly of concern, and it could have been avoided if he had the option of protecting his anonymity.


O segundo tema deste post [Friday, October 16, 2009] vem do Ecrans. Aqui a questão é a privacidade e também o anonimato no uso dos smart-phones. Segundo a matéria, um hacker mostrou que as operadoras e, qualquer pessoa com algum conhecimento e equipamentos, pode localizar qualquer celular GSM que tenha um GPS embarcado. E isso sem que o usuário saiba. Vejam trechos do texto Smartphone : comment suivre son conjoint par GPS de David Servenay."


Mobile Live Broadcasting?

One week ago I gave a little help to Almas [via Cinemateca and University of São Paulo] about how to live streaming direct via cellphones.
Then, we streamed by ustream's app [it's really interesting, but doesn't work very well here at Sao Paulo, Brazil]... maybe the problem was during our connection [Claro, Tim, Vivo...]... [?]

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Sil and me [via Manifesto21.TV Team] researched for it [the Brazillian Companies and their mobile data connections] during 2005 until february 2008; after it we decided to use 2 of them [one to upload - live stream - the sounds & videos; the another one to preview - download - them, also in real time]. We worked during all that time in both technologies accessible to ordinary citizen: GPRS-EDGE and 3G.
What I've been heard about it nowadays, is that 3G technology doesn't work very well anymore here, because there was an increase of the consumers [users of mobile telecommunication] - it could be a wonderful thing in a country like Brazil! - but without a better infra-structure and technological development by these companies since then. It's really a pitty.
How does it work in your country?!
How does it work in your city?!
ooops >> I must translate an article, by a Nokia researcher, about this issue; it was published in the last year, after Manifesto21.TV Team had stopped to live streaming from streets to the www by mobile phones:
“There is not much specific research on mobile live video available in the world instead of a lot of researches have been done on capturing & sharing visual content in mobile contexts ... Video calls over the internet are now becoming within the reach of the masses. Recent versions of telephony and messaging software such as Skype and iChat allow shared video conversations, while mobile networks (for instance, 3G) are enabling mobile video calls. In general, video has arguably become a first class internet data type (witness the rise of YouTube)”


Online Video and Participatory Culture

"YouTube is one of the most well-known and widely discussed sites of participatory media in the contemporary online environment, and it is the first genuinely mass-popular platform for user-created video. In this timely and comprehensive introduction to how YouTube is being used and why it matters, Burgess and Green discuss the ways that it relates to wider transformations in culture, society and the economy.

The book critically examines the public debates surrounding the site, demonstrating how it is central to struggles for authority and control in the new media environment. Drawing on a range of theoretical sources and empirical research, the authors discuss how YouTube is being used by the media industries, by audiences and amateur producers, and by particular communities of interest, and the ways in which these uses challenge existing ideas about cultural `production' and `consumption'.

Rich with both concrete examples and featuring specially commissioned chapters by Henry Jenkins and John Hartley, the book is essential reading for anyone interested in the contemporary and future implications of online media. It will be particularly valuable for students and scholars in media, communication and cultural studies."

a book by Jean Burgess and Joshua Green
I'd like to read it! It sounds interesting,
milena szafir

[tks to pierre levy' tip]


Web-Networking Online-Youtubed Videos?


This last week, two new online devices were up:



[ tks to: @outrarse @desvirtual @twitteoergosum ]





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Another New Mobile CameraCyborg

After CityMapping Performance
After Google Street View Car
After Bike C-Mapping
Now the Yellow Bird 3D Generation:
[ © yellowBird 2009 — The Netherlands ]
a camera mobile   founders rafael and marc
everybody in a mobile camera-eye situation: on & on!


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