Flier for Adam Harvey's Stealth Ware
• What to wear in total surveillance A look at Adam Harvey's range of anti-drone/surveillance camouflage, ranging from sensor-deflecting hoodies to camera-blinding automatic flashes.
Fascinating stuff, and a harbinger of the increasing arms race between surveillance and countermeasures. People are remarkably adept at avoiding detection, and some of Harvey's earlier work demonstrated that simple make-up (or war paint, if you prefer) can make facial recognition software useless. This may end up a fairer fight than many of us expect.
• "It’s difficult to disentangle cause and effect when it comes to broadband. Do rich countries spend on it so their citizens can stream more movies, or does having broadband make you rich? But it seems likely that broadband is a great enabler, like mass transit, good ports, a system of functioning courts, and other hallmarks of developed economies." You don't say? Of course, America's relatively terrible position in this kind of modern infrastructure isn't a matter of technology or resources. It's culture and politics that hold us back.
• Bahraini Princess facing multiple torture charges Of course, modern infrastructure doesn't mean that your government's not mired in a dark age. Of all the governing structures ever devised by humankind, I swear aristocracy is the absolute stupidest. "Here, you popped out of a womb, have some power." That'll work out well.
Let's start mass producing that anti-surveillance tech and shipping it over to Bahrain. Sounds like they need it to survive their rulers.
Good point from that mess. The trappings of the future can always end up used by archaic ideologies...
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) January 31, 2013
Of course they are.