As the real world gets anxious over virtual security, Watch_Dogs creeps quietly closer to release. Today’s update: WeareData, a brand new website designed to gather – and display – a lot of the publicly available data that people share with the world.
The fictional Watch_Dogs is set in an inspired version of Chicago, run from a Central Operating System that links online infrastructures and public security feeds into one centralised hub. WeareData demonstrates how much of that information is already online, with details on public transport schedules, telecommunications networks, energy consumption, traffic infrastructure, and snippets of socioeconomic data. Your bus timetable, WiFi spot, mobile antenna, traffic lights and net income are somewhere in the cloud – and WeareData shows you where.
…don’t let us get started on what happens once you start using social media geo-location services – your public posts on places like Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram and Facebook are exactly that: Public, and displayed in WeareData.
Watch_Dogs is out on November 21 for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC – and will be available “around launch” for both PS4 and Xbox One.