The many sides of privacy; Alan Davidson (then with the CDT, now at Google) gave a couple of seminars a few years ago and, during a talk on privacy, was reminded by some students of Arab extraction in the room that it was to their advantage to have their activities tracked 24-7 to avoid suspicion. Well, they weren’t alone, as this article shows: Tracking Himself: The ‘Orwell Project’ — pdf
The artist hatched a plan. If Big Brother wanted proof of his coordinates, why not surveil himself? Recording his own moves could, theoretically, seal his alibi. And, when conceived of as art project, the action might satirize federal intelligence gathering.
From the day in 2002 when Elahi implanted a GPS-enabled device in his cellphone, art and life merged. Several times a day, the artist input his location into the phone and his computer recorded the data (he hopes to incorporate a live GPS tracker soon). He then created a Web site that allowed viewers to see where he is at any given time — you can visit at http://www.trackingtransience.net– and he began taking photographs with a digital camera as further proof of his whereabouts.