Yasha Levine: Surveillance Valley. The Secret Military History of the Internet
SURVEILLANCE: State surveillance would not have been possible without the services of Silicon Valley's technology companies. For example, Google in Surveillance Valley is described as "a full-fledged military contractor, who sold versions of the company's consumer data and analytics technology to police departments, city councils, and major U.S. intelligence and military organizations."
PANDEMIC: Perhaps the fear of bacteria and viruses in the future will increasingly lead to a disease preparedness characterized by totalitarian surveillance and control. A blind trust in vaccinations can lead to a phasing out of the human own immune system.
CHRONICLE: Science has made rapid progress in producing a vaccine against Covid-19. But can vaccine programs be based on active consent and autonomous choice by citizens? And does scientific rationality now go hand in hand with creative forms of irrationality?
Trond Skaftnesmo: Vaccine coercion in the shadow of the corona crisis
COVID-19: There is no real skepticism from the public sector about the coronary vaccine – vaccination is recommended, and the people are positive about the vaccine. But is the embrace of the vaccine based on an informed decision or a blind hope for a normal everyday life?
: China's digital social credit system operates with a form of gamified control, which rewards users while scoring points for online and offline behavior. By 2020, the Chinese authorities plan to establish a nationwide system. Western commentators react with disgust, but is our own social media really that much better?
: George Orwell's 1984 is still relevant, but "Big Brother" is an outdated and misleading metaphor for today's surveillance, according to author David Lyon. He claims "Big Data" is a more up-to-date linguistic picture.
: The agency series Le Bureau takes place in a recognizable political reality, where knowledge is both power and a tradable commodity – in addition to focusing on the French intelligence service as a workplace.
: The comprehensive census in India maps the population – but also cements the caste society the country has tried to get rid of. Amnesty International warns, and Indian human rights lawyer Shyam Divan has sued.
: Chinese security authorities have begun equipping the police with "digital glasses", and are already sitting on a computer bank where the faces of 1,3 billion adults in the country are digitally stored.
: Anyone who has seen the film The Lives of Others on Surveillance in the GDR State knows that the East German authorities knew their lousy craft at their fingertips. The United Federal Republic is now introducing comprehensive statutory surveillance using new digital spyware.
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