On the way to the digital panopticon | Opinion

Jeremy Bentham, philosopher, jurist and economist of utilitarianism as a general rule of conduct, wrote in 1787 a series of writings entitled Panopticon on what imagined an architectural model to optimize the surveillance of people in various institutions of social control, such as prisons, hospices, hospitals, schools, etc. The panopticon is a circular building with a surveillance tower in the center and cells around it, in such a way that the outside light illuminates the cell so that all the movements of the prisoner are seen, but he does not see anything from the outside, not even the guard. in the tower. Loneliness, vigilance, punishment, memory, prevention, this is the logic of panopticon.

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