[Cryptography] "Most Americans Don't Mind Being on Candid Camera"

Jonathan Thornburg jthorn at astro.indiana.edu
Tue Mar 24 13:04:47 EDT 2015

Dan Geer wrote:
> Show me the man and I'll find you the crime.
>                         -- Lavrentiy Beria, NKVD
> Beria is all the more correct in a surveillance society;
> read Silverglate's _Three Felonies a Day_ if needing more.
> The real question is who can (is able to) opt out, and what
> is the social cost for doing so when we are facing a wave of
> globalized, extra-territorial prosecutions for social crimes
> for which the Bill of Rights is but a local ordinance.

Dave Eggers' novel "The Circle" (hardcover: McSweeney's and Knopf,
2013; paperback: Vintage, 2014) is a brilliant exploration of how
such a surveillance society could be created -- with superficially
benign intent -- by social networking run amok.  I highly recommend
the novel.

-- "Jonathan Thornburg [remove -animal to reply]" <jthorn at astro.indiana-zebra.edu>
   Dept of Astronomy & IUCSS, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
   "There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched
    at any given moment.  How often, or on what system, the Thought Police
    plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork.  It was even conceivable
    that they watched everybody all the time."  -- George Orwell, "1984"

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