Privicide is a cautionary tale about surveillance, its effects, and our attitudes to it. But this novel is not set in some far-off dystopia. Today’s technology means this future is already here.
Privicide recounts the battle between the defenders of privacy and the forces of intelligence-gathering. Hacking, cyber-security and identity theft, as well as governments’ responses to terrorism and the burgeoning market in personal data are key themes of this highly topical story.
Privicide is centred on three characters – cold, calculating narrator Berndt; morally conflicted Aidan; and Aidan’s political activist girlfriend Nadia. Like guinea pigs in a scientific experiment, they are watched by intrusive technologies that track their movements and monitor their internet activity. An uncomfortable current of counter-logic flows through the story: Privacy is a perversion; People are currency; Thinking is a trap.