Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Counting down surveillance doomsday

So people are talking about the new "doomsday clock" for monitoring progress toward the total surveillance state:
Taking a page from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists the American Civil Liberties Union today launched a "Surveillance Society Clock" that counts down to the total surveillance state (by the way, how do we know when we're there?). "The clock is set at six minutes before the 'midnight' of a dark end to privacy," the organization notes.
So we're supposed to be alarmed as the clock gets closer and closer to midnight. But come on. The time to really get alarmed is when the clock's hands suddenly jump back and the ACLU's successors tell us that surveillance is no longer a pressing issue.
Danger Room - Wired Blogs

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