The after-arguments of the Buharimeter – a website that tracks the Nigerian president’s performance on each of his campaign promises – makes me think of ‘The Circle’. In Dave Eggers’ frightening futuristic novel, politicians and others eventually start to wear so-called ‘SeeChange’ cameras manufactured by the powerful technology company The Circle.
It is supposed to be a revolution that’s described as “going transparent”. Basically this means, everyone everywhere can see everything that you see and do at all times.
- Secrets are Lies
- Sharing is caring
- Privacy is theft
After the Buharimeter got going, many are wondering why use a “retro” tracker on an elected politician. Why not compel them to be in hock to a wearable?
Considering all the health and fitness trackers (Fitbit, Jawbone, Misfit etc) why not an ankle bracelet that records thoughts and deeds on government policy, papers signed, deals done?
All I can say is that there will be a lot of time spent in the bathroom where even The Circle’s SeeChange cameras aren’t meant to follow.