How much data exists about you on the internet? Where is that data? Who maintains it? And most importantly, who makes sure it is accurate? In a world where everything - the credit we get, the prices we pay, who we date and marry - depends on the data that is held about us; what would happen if that data become corrupted? How would you go about correcting every little piece of data held about you on a million websites.
Watched is a story about Clay Jones, social worker whose online data and persona become corrupted and any attempt he makes to fix the probllem makes it worse. Clay's sanity, reputation, and life hangs on algorithms he cannot communicate with or control. How will he regain control and save himself?
About the Book
Clay Jones arrives home from work tired and desperate for rest and relaxation. He asks his smart speaker to play his favourite playlist, but the speaker informs him he is being watched. Annoyed by this announcement, Clay updates the speaker's software. The update changes nothing. The speaker continues to inform him he is being watched. When he enquires who is watching him, Clay gets no useful answer.
But that is only the beginning. Clay finds himself entangled in an unending web of data and online activity which spills into every aspect of his life. Everyone around him seem to believe the data, not him. How can he stop the madness, clear his name, and regain control of his life?