From September 2005 to June 2006 a team of thirteen scholars at the The University of Southern California's Annenberg Center for Communication explored how new and maturing networking technologies are transforming the way in which we interact with content, media sources, other individuals and groups, and the world that surrounds us.

This site documents the process and the results.

about privacy and surveillance

Privacy in general involves both the right for individuals to be left alone by others and freedom from the intrusions of formal bureaucratic institution and authorities. Privacy also means to have control over information about oneself.

Surveillance is the systematic investigation or monitoring of the actions or communications of one or more persons. Although the word surveillance literally means (in French) "to watch from above," the term is often used for all forms of observation, not just visual observation. It is commonly used to describe observation from a distance by means of electronic equipment or other technological means.

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