When employees are tracked by their employers, science fiction may actually become science fact (screening surveillance project)


The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada funded the Screening Surveillance project: a trio of Creative Commons licensed short science fiction films about “everyday issues around big data and surveillance.” Definitely worth watching !  The movies run about 10 minutes each. We selected the “A Model Employee” for you, a scenario where a waitress in a restaurant gets tracked and rated by her employer. At night, she works as a DJ, but her tracking wristband feeds the performance dashboard of the restaurant owner. She tries to fool the system, but a new device upgrade means trouble. More videos and comments in this series can be found here.

Guest post by The Futures Agency content curator Petervan

Other resources:

Other posts on Gerd’s blog about surveillance.

The Guardian and The Baffler published a book review of Zuboff’s latest book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism”.

TFA Team


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