December 12, 2012
i think we're all winston smith on this bus
You've probably already heard about San Francisco's plans to bug public transit busses. So it is a bit redundant to mention that we used to commonly believe it would be bad to implement George Orwell's vision of a world of total, ubiquitous surveillance. We used to think it might not be so good to have every conversation recorded, every face snapshotted in public life. We were kind of against collecting all that kinds of surveillance for "law enforcement" to peruse behind closed doors and trot out against us as they saw fit. Richard Brenneman has collected some good sources about how times of changed: In San Francisco, streetcars, buses spy on you.
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