Article written for Zerowork issue 3 about new technologies available to states to control migration and the working class.
A world with constant surveillance, perpetual war and a militarised police state, George Orwell's most famous novel was a warning against totalitarian governments, all the more relevant now then when it was written.
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him.
If you are in any doubt as to the extent of the state’s control freakery and paranoia, then you need not be any longer.
A newly processed request under the Freedom of Information Act has revealed that the police national database (PND) has over 300 million intelligence records that relate to around 15 million people. This means that the police hold records on 1 in 4 people in the UK.
Blog reporting on my schools introduction of CCTV cameras in the sixth form block.
With regards to the things I said about the dealers in the last section, I do not buy into the stereotype I mentioned neither seriously advise people to start selling drugs as an alternative to a job, both are bad ideas to say the least, (I do have my own views on the positive effect of certain drugs in the right setting etc. but that’s a different conversation entirely).
An article by Not Bored's Bill Brown on the Suffragettes' resistance to modern photographic surveillance, the introduction of which exposes the fallacy of the 'democratic' State.
Thanks to the recent discovery of 90-year-old police files, unearthed by researchers at the National Archives in Kew, England, one can say with some confidence that - in England, at least - "modern" photographic surveillance began in September 1913.
Brian Ashton zooms in on the microscopic technologies surveilling and shaping working lives, part of a series of articles on logistics, workplace surveillance and national security for Mute magazine
You already have zero privacy. Get over it. – Scott McNally, Chief Executive of Sun Microsystems1
- 1. New York Times, 3 March, 1999.
A 2001 essay interpreting such phenomena as the rise of reality TV shows, public video surveillance networks, unethical human experimentation and internet exhibitionism as battlefronts of the "subjugation and exploitation" of "the human being himself, his most intimate nature, his dreams and desires, his personality, his body, [and] the genetic code itself" by capitalism, which is preparing the population for "the destruction of nature and its replacement by an artificial and inhuman environment".
Consequences of the Misuse of Electricity-Jose Manuel Rojo
(On the experimental phase of the capitalism of the spirit)
The unconscious is truly the most extensive region of our minds, and for precisely that reason the unconscious is like the interior of Africa, whose unknown frontiers could be very distant indeed.
Jean Paul, 1804
Article looking at the conviction of a Welsh nationalist over a letter-bombing campaign, following MI5 surveillance.
At the end of the a two month trial in Caernarfon, Wales, two men were acquitted of charges of conspiracy to cause explosions while a third, Sion Roberts was jailed for 12 years for possessing explosives and sending letter bombs. The Gwynedd 3 conspiracy trial was the outcome of the latest unsuccessful attempt by the British state to catch members of the Welsh nationalist Meibion Glyndwr.
Following an admission from US supermarket giant Wal-Mart that the company has employed some of its estimated 400 investigators to spy on groups who stand against them, enquiries by Freedom have uncovered a similar story at UK subsidiary Asda.
During the most recent major conflict between Asda and an outside body, a dispute between the company and the GMB led to bug detectors being deployed by unionists during negotiations to avoid surveillance by managers.