Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Queasy feelings over CView

As the New Scientist reports here, Virgin begin their monitoring of 40% of their customer-base so as to establish the amount of traffic made up of copied music, movies, e-books, games and software. This is caused significant concern amongst privacy organisations such as NoDPI.

Provided by Detica, a surveillance and deep-packet inspection company, the system is being used to try and gauge the size of the alleged piracy problem. CView, as the system is known, will take a snapshot of the scale of peer-to-peer music transfers over a few months.

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I am director of the Media and Persuasive Communication (MPC) network at Bangor University where I also lecture on political-economy of the media. I am currently working on a book provisionally titled Deconstructing Privacy for Peter Lang and leading two empirical projects in connection with privacy perception and the use of new media for smoking cessation. I am author of Creativity and Advertising: Affect, Events and Process (Routledge, 2013); The Mood of Information: A Critique of Behavioural Advertising (Continuum, 2011); and Digital Advertising (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2009). Please contact me at if you are interested in Ph.D supervision or consultancy services.