BLOG POST 7: Issue Mapping

In the issue mapping workshop, we’ve analysed and speculated around the issues, associations, stakeholders, human and non-human values within our issue of online privacy. What we found interesting was the vast spectrum of controversies around data security, online privacy, the social, economic & political factors of this broad concept. So the initial input we had was the categorise the main variables that contributed to the 3 focuses, and they were: Individuals, Internet and governments/ corporations/ organisations.

From here, we’ve focused on a particular aspect of online privacy, that being, governments and individuals and how they relate or differ. One interesting point that determines its changes is the presence of online activity. The idea of a global sensation being more open and vulnerable. Both individuals and corporations strive for property ownership which ultimately as a collation of data. It is driven by business and profit incentives. Social media as a platform for communication and exchange has contributed extensively to the social and economical factors of online privacy. For example, Google, Facebook, telecommunication services such as Telstra rely on the personal data and interactions of individuals to stimulate a global network.

Once we’ve acknowledged this complex network, we then delved into characteristics and features of our issues. Creating a data set of objects and words derived from the themes (see map above). We also looked into the paradoxes and controversies of online privacy and the emotions/ motivations that outline their objectives.

Understanding how individuals, the internet and the government/ organisation plays a critical role in this intricate network, It opens up possibilities and design orientated scenarios to approach for our design responses. I was really interested in looking into the relationship of digital technology and their association with data. In particular, I wanted to understand the role of a surveillance camera in a public/ private space and the interactivities with the general audience. This will inform my approach for the designed response.

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