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The Surveillance State Saves You Money!

My auto insurance company has generously offered to reduce my premium if I let them spy on me: Here’s how it works: Using your vehicle’s OnStar, In-Drive or SYNC communication service, we collect basic information about your driving. We then use the information to calculate your discount. The safer you drive, the more you save–it’s […]


Loving Their Servitude

Aldous Huxley, in a letter to George Orwell: Within the next generation I believe that the world’s leaders will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude […]


What’s Coming

When challenged, apologists for our burgeoning surveillance state generally fall back to the if-you’re-not-doing-anything-wrong-you-have-nothing-to-worry-about argument. That position is wrongheaded for a bunch of reasons, not the least of which is that it puts a great deal of faith in the competence and honesty of the snoops. This latest entry in the Casey Anthony saga highlights […]


WikiLeaks and The Resilience of Data

The New York Times highlights this interesting little nugget from the WikiLeaks State Department cables: “But through the Google incident and other increased controls and surveillance, like real-name registration, [the Chinese] reached a conclusion: the Web is fundamentally controllable,” the person said. This isn’t particularly surprising: the Chinese have been very successful at clamping down […]


Interview with Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange

“Capable, generous men do not create victims, they nurture victims.” As soft-spoken a revolutionary as you’re ever likely to see.


Throwing Away the Key: Legally

Feingold reacts to Obama’s depressing desire to legalize indefinite imprisonment without trial: You have discussed this possibility only in the context of the current detainees at Guantanamo Bay, yet we must be aware of the precedent that such a system would establish. While the handling of these detainees by the Bush Administration was particularly egregious, […]


Big Kindle Is Watching You

Here’s why I will never buy a Kindle: The other notable software feature added in Kindle 2 is one that mostly represents potential. At the new unit’s introduction, Bezos said that the device could sync both content and a user’s location within that content across multiple devices. At the moment, that means different versions of […]


Alaska Trip, Day 1: Washington, DC

The TSA man stands on the other side of the magic portal. I smile, uncertainly, but he glares at me with some unstable concoction of impatience, distaste and contempt, and gestures. I interpret this as a summoning, and step through. But the magic portal is angry. It emits a series of high-pitched beeps. Beep beep, […]