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Re: <nettime> Autonomy and Control in the Era of Post-Privacy
ulrich gutmair on Wed, 7 Jul 2010 18:55:43 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> Autonomy and Control in the Era of Post-Privacy


thanks felix, 

very interesting! but you are not entirely correct on this:

> 
> Fast forward 30 years. Many countries, including Germany, no longer conduct 
> national censuses because the data has already been collected and can be 
> aggregated flexibly from the various databases at the heart of government. 

it is true that there is no "classic" census anymore with people ringing at your door, asking questions about the number of people in the household. but there will be quite soon a census in germany as part of the eu-wide census: record day is 4th of May 2011. but of course your main point is true: despite of some control samples the data will be mainly taken from existing communal records.

nevertheless german scientists have already complained that some decisive information will not be gathered by this census: for example which languages are being spoken in a respective household. so obviously we have not yet arrived in cybernetic society which is controlled and regulated in real time, although a merger of google and germany might produce some synergy here.

best,
ulrich

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