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A bit on the politics of surveillance systems…
January 22, 2008, 8:05 pm
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From: The Culture of Surveillance: G-Men Redux and Total Information Awareness, by LR Shade, Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies Spring 2003. Full article here from York University’s Open Journal System.

Part of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Information Awareness Office, the Total Information Awareness (TIA) project, enacted in wake of September 11th, aims to capture the “information signature” of citizens suspected of terrorism or criminal acts. Technical means (including computer algorithms and human analysis) afford the government the ability to track those involved in “low-intensity/low-density” forms of warfare and crime, with the ultimate goal to track individuals through collecting as much information about them as possible. Various public interest groups have criticized this initiative, particularly on the basis of privacy and security risks, identity theft, misuse of information, and overt citizen surveillance. This article will provide an overview of TIA, and situate it within an ongoing political economy of the military-industrial complex, now revamped for an emerging security industry.

Images from TIP website.
Below, HID at a distance: will develop multi-modal biometric technologies to improve our ability to identify foreign terrorists from a distance.

And, Babylon: provides two-way natural language speech translation interfaces and platforms for users in combat and other field environments:

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