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I am being watched. I am under surveillance. So are you. There are eyes on us, or maybe it’s just one eye. Singular or plural, it is/they are ubiquitous, all-seeing. It/they never sleep(s). So much the better, for at least two reasons: 1) We are better protected, and 2) we are better informed.

In March the regional Chunichi Shimbun published a report that The Japan Times ran under the headline “Highway operator taps big data to gauge toilet usage.” It begins, “A recent analysis of big data by Central Nippon Expressway Co. (NEXCO Central) has revealed that more and more men tend to prefer cubicles over urinals in restrooms.”

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