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THE MESSENGER IS COMING… And There Are Spying Eyes Everywhere. NOW THEY SHARE A BRAIN!

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Mind-bending new breakthroughs in sensor technology get a lot of buzzy press: A laser that can covertly identify you from two football fields away by measuring your heartbeat. A hack that makes your smartphone spy on anything nearby with a Bluetooth connection, from your Fitbit to your smart refrigerator. A computer vision system that will let the authorities know if you suddenly break into a run within sight of a CCTV camera. But it’s a mistake to focus our dread on each of these tools individually. In many places across the world, they’re all inputs for a system that, with each new plug-in, reaches a little closer to omniscience. That idea—of an ever-expanding, all-knowing surveillance platform—used to be a technologist’s fantasy [but] the Department of Defense… arsenal of spy technologies had grown to galactic proportions. Schnedler… imagined that “protesters,” “terrorists,” and “agitators” in this context probably also referred to various political and religious minority groups… A devout Christian, Schnedler realized that the same technology that had so thoroughly persuaded him in New York could be turned into a sharp instrument of algorithmic authoritarianism, just as useful for rounding up networks of congregants as it was for mapping criminal organizations… With the click of an “INVESTIGATE” button, our digital footprints, once scattered, become a single uninterrupted life history, leaving not only our enemies, but also our friends and our lovers, with nowhere to hide… (READ MORE)

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