Most of us have an uneasy relationship with big databases: We take advantage of the convenience and freedom they bring to us, but we don’t really like the fact that they know so much about us. Singer/songwriter Vienna Teng captures the tension that exists between those contradictory feelings in her beautiful, slightly chilling Hymn of Acxiom. We’ve included a YouTube video with the song’s recording as well as links to an article telling the story behind the song, and a page with lyrics. All three are highly recommended.

Vienna Teng Sings about Surveillance in ‘Hymn of Acxiom’

Lyrics for ‘Hymn of Acxiom’

Key words: databases, big data, privacy, surveillance

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