It is a time of freedom and fear, of Gaia and of borders, of many paths and the widening of a universal toll road, emptying country and swelling cities, of the public bought into privacy and the privacy of the public sold into invisible data banks and knowing algorithms. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection.
These are the times when maps fade and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread.
Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.
Saturday, November 23, 2002
Wednesday, November 20, 2002
Okay, so you've heard about the new plans for a gigantic database of information about your personal behavior: your email, your credit card purchases, library book withdrawals, etc. You want to know more, but you don't know where to start.
Here's where we suggest you begin to educate yourself about this totalitarian enterprise of the Bush administration:
First, get a summary from two articles by the Washington Post: U.S. Hopes to Check Computers Globally and Total Information Awareness.
Then, visit the web site of the Information Awareness Office itself. The first thing you'll take note of is the threatening graphic at the top of the page:
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