Patrice Riemens on Tue, 8 Jan 2019 12:07:45 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> The Cryptopticon

On 2019-01-07 19:16, jeremy bentham wrote:
On Mon, Jan 07, 2019 at 02:00:18PM +0100, Felix Stalder wrote:
In 2014, a protestor at an anti-fascist rally in Vienna was sentenced to
12 months of jail, for alleged participation in violent action.

Among the evidence that was held against him was using an non-registered
prepaid card. Even though that was entirely legal at the time, it was
held against him as evidence that we was actively engaged in obfuscating
his tracks, which meant, obviously, that he had planned to commit
crimes. To add to the absurdity of this case, this was before the EU
eliminated roaming charges, so lots of people bought disposable sim
cards when traveling aboard (as he did, coming from Germany) for the
simple reasons of saving telco charges.



On 07.01.19 10:07, Patrice Riemens wrote:

> People have chosen for convenience, even at the cost of all-round
> surveillance. But somewhere in their mind they know it's not 100% okay.
> So no wonder they stigmatize 'you'. Nothing like freedom to engender
> jealousy.
 |Open PGP

I suspect a misunderstanding.

Vaidhyanathan is playing with _cryptic_, as in obscure, not

"Unlike Bentham's Panopticon, the Cryptopticon is not supposed to
be obvious.  Its scale, its ubiquity, and even its very existence
are supposed to be hidden from clear view."  _Antisocial Media_
p. 67


Not really. Crypto is what people (some, and not that many, alas) use so as to thwart all round 'discreet' surveillance and data mining. "Its scale, its ubiquity, and even its very existence" is precisely what thay object to and try to protect themselves again. Use of cryptography is the (only very partially effective) defenze against the Cryptopticon.

Ciaoui, p+7D!
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