On more than one occasion, while out and about taking photographs, (mainly in London) I've been stopped for having a camera round my neck and looking like I might be about to take a picture. Yup, that's all it seems to take now-a-days to raise the suspicions of some underpaid private security guard. Just be out and about minding your own photographic business, perhaps dangerously close to the … [Read more...] about Do I look like a terrorist?
[Please join us every year on the 25th of June at Orwell's grave. Ping @Documentally] This year (2013) it's a Tuesday! Let's discuss civil liberties, CCTV, privacy and surveillance in the company of Orwell. [this blog post was written 2008] The annual meeting at Orwell's grave started in 2007. Whilst on Twitter I mentioned in passing that I was thinking about holding a social media picnic at … [Read more...] about Social Media Picnic
There is a quiet, dark revolution underway in Britain. It was happening yesterday, it's happening now - this minute. It will continue to happen tomorrow. Without anyone really noticing it we are becoming a police state. We're not quite there yet - it's a long way down to the real depths of secret police, social control, monitored movements - but we're blindly sleepwalking that path. George … [Read more...] about The Perfect Prison
The web is generational, progressive. We have truly hit web 2.0. Nowadays we acquire our social-technological skills through the internet, less face-to-face and much more face-to-screen. At school I talked and wrote letters. At Uni and the following years spent traveling, it was email. More recently it is mobile phone, email, text, I.M., forums and v.o.i.p. Most, if not all of my friends today … [Read more...] about Facebook – innocent social networking website, or high tech spy network?