This demo is initiated and backed by a number of organizations in Germany, among others the Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung, Chaos Computer Club e.V., FoeBuD e.V., STOP1984, Attac AG Wissensallmende, Indymedia Germany, and the German Pirate Party.
Place: Bielefeld, Germany (exact meeting place)
Time: 15:00 o'clock on Friday, October 20, 2006
Motto: Freiheit statt Angst (Freedom instead of fear)
Demo participants can visit the Big Brother Awards 2006 right after the demo (for free).
If you value your privacy and democracy in this country, now is the time to speak up and let the whole world (and especially the German politicians) know! This surveillance-madness has to stop!
Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished, as the once vital voice of the verisimilitude now venerates what they once vilified. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent Remember, remember the 5th of November vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose vis-à-vis an introduction, and so it is my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.
Yes, I've seen V for Vendetta today. Very impressing movie, highly recommended! Makes you start to think...
Scary, funny, and old, but this ACLU pizza ordering video makes you start to think. For example, it makes you start to make an educated guess at how much of this is already possible today. I'm not liking the results of my guess...
Nothing really new for most of you, but still some good food for thought:
Cell tower records can pinpoint a phone owner's location for police, whether the phone is used or not.
Cell phone trails snare criminals, call or no — a nice article which tells us that several murderers were convicted using (among other things, I guess) cell tower records. Police could often pinpoint the location of the accused within a few blocks and thus "prove" they were lying in court about their location at a given time (i.e., their alibi was smashed).
Of course, this is not a reliable method in all cases. A murderer could give someone else his cell phone to create an alibi in the first place. I can easily imagine lots of other ways to abuse this.
While probably useful in some cases, this is pretty scary stuff. Authorities can track where you are at a given time, and where you are going in realtime. Combine this with Google Earth and you've got some pretty Big Brother style surveillance. This is inacceptable in general, but even more so if performed without probable cause (as has happened already). The EFF has some more information.
Issues like this always make me wonder whether I'm too paranoid or not paranoid enough...
(via Bruce Schneier)