Astro Noise

Astro Noise

A Survival Guide to Living Under Total Surveillance

Book - 2016
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A multifaceted response to issues concerning personal privacy and government power by writers, artists, and others

The filmmaker, artist, and journalist Laura Poitras has explored the themes of mass surveillance, "war on terror," drone program, Guantánamo, and torture in her work for more than ten years. In 2013, Poitras was contacted by Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency subcontractor who leaked classified information about government-sponsored surveillance. Her resulting documentary, Citizenfour, which won an Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2015, is the third film in her post-9/11 film trilogy.

For this volume, Poitras has invited authors ranging from artists and novelists to technologists and academics to respond to the modern-day state of mass surveillance. Among them are the acclaimed author Dave Eggers, the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, the former Guantanamo Bay detainee Lakhdar Boumediene, the writer and researcher Kate Crawford, and Edward Snowden, to name but a few. Some contributors worked directly with Poitras and the archive of documents leaked by Snowden; others contributed fictional reinterpretations of spycraft. The result is a "how-to" guide for living in a society that collects extraordinary amounts of information on individuals. Questioning the role of surveillance and advocating for collective privacy are central tennets for Poitras, who has long engaged with and supported free-software technologists.
Publisher: New York : Whitney Museum of American Art, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780300217650
Branch Call Number: 709.2 P7564P 2016
Characteristics: 241 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm


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Jul 25, 2016

This must be updated, of course, since by the middle of 2016, the US government has subverted and compromised tor, the onion router, by running an op against Jacob Appelbaum, disbursing monies through the Knight Foundation to some of the players involved, removing Appelbaum from tor, a trusted resource [at least when women aren't involved], and replacing the board, who in turn replaced others.
Those players involved have a well-established dislike [online] for WikiLeaks and Assange, and tor and Appelbaum had worked closely with WikiLeaks whistleblower submission platform. [I am not saying that the charges against Appelbaum were false, they appear to be somewhat accurate, simply pointing out that CIA types took advantage of those charges to replace trusted entities at TOR.]


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