Currently I'm working on Diane
: a public voicemail
of a fictional character; and Be my friend
: a tool to observe your friends' social life. Both are internet-based projects that assume user involvement.
Be my friend is a tool (currently in development) that would allow you to record all your facebook friends' online or offline statuses. This would give you the power to know if they were online of offline or when they went to sleep and got up at any time in the recorded past. And, of course, you can get a sense of how addicted they are.
Picture shows all my friends by X, and a time by Y. One pixel equals one minute
It started from the lecture I gave in 2014 about “consumer surveillance.” The idea behind this is that surveillance, which for a long time was the privilege of governments and secret police, has become a business model of today's corporations. And now it's becoming a part of our social relations.
The simplest example of this transition is a notification you get if someone read your message in a chat. Somehow this has become socially acceptable, if still very frustrating for many of us. But for digital natives it will be fine to share every bit of available information, like that shown in the picture. I think it's unavoidable.