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Psychanalysis of the international airport – We Make Money Not Art
SD: The airport is where different promises of the modern world are concentrated: the promise of moving freely around the globe, the promise of unlimited shopping,the promise of a completely rational organisation and the promise of a perfect surveillance. It embodies the desire of mastering the world. Yet, it is also the place where these promises meet their limits and their contradictions.

GW: The airport is at the crossroad of all kinds of transport (objects, animals, people). Its images of surveillance and control are relayed by its infrastructure and augmented by the ones that travelers make. Although matter is not teleportable, imagination still allows us to race through the stages of circulation. The airport becomes the place to fantasize about bodies propelled far away at high speed. Our writings are punctuated with documents: images, texts, news items, quotes, found fragments, testimonies with which we try to recompose the dreams of this place....

And do you see signs that the invasive infrastructure of control over bodies and behaviour of this laboratory might be applied somewhere else in our daily experience of the city?

SD: Yes indeed. The control procedures which are first tested in the airport are then applied in many places in the city, see for instance the metal detectors, which have become common in many malls, museums and other public buildings and in many metro systems around the globe. In the LA metro system, a body scanner has been tested.

GW: The airport is an archetypal place, in terms of both space and behaviour. In the book, we have a chapter about what we call “Cultural LCD”, which can be defined as the Least Common Denominator of world cultures. A universal code that would be as neutral as possible, a standardized interface that allows different individuals or cultural groups to communicate with each other. ...

We want to show that the airport is, simultaneously, an archetypal place and a Crystal Palace of contemporary circulations. It clusters contradictions, connects injunctions of fluidity and of prohibition in order to safeguard us against all possible threats. This lead us to try and analyze it from the point of view of both its own logic and the paradoxical situations it provokes, to the point that it sometimes becomes the receptacle of the wildest stories.
airports  travel  surveillance  architecture  code_space  logistics 
18 hours ago by shannon_mattern
The Rise of China's Security-Industrial Complex
China's appetite for all things surveillance and security is driving the emergence of a new "security-industrial complex," and that other state-fueled 'industrial complex' you may be familiar with, the "similar phenomenon" emerging in China is pushing the country's leadership "to increase security spending," writes University of Oxford cybersecurity PhD candidate Valentin Weber for the Council on Foreign Relations. This mutually reinforcing, "symbiotic" relationship between the Chinese government and the private sector helps keep the surveillance state running, raises the importance of Chinese tech companies, while also boosting their growth domestically before they can be exported abroad to developing markets, Weber writes.

"In 1961, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower coined the term 'military-industrial complex' in his farewell address, warning that the combined interests of the military and private sector could undermine democracy and have unchecked influence in policymaking. China is witnessing a similar phenomenon at the moment via the emergence of a security-industrial complex, made up of politicians dependent on security-related industries, private security companies, and the Ministry of Public Security...The Communist Party is all too happy to oblige given that the extra security keeps it in power, creating a symbiotic relationship between the security industry and Beijing...China’s security-industrial complex is also looking to export its approach to other markets. China has been a major proponent of the concept of 'Safe Cities' throughout the developing world. Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunication provider, rolled out the Safe Cities model to Nairobi, Kenya and installed 1800 surveillance cameras as part of the initiative...Unlike the military-industrial complex which Eisenhower warned could undermine U.S. democracy, China’s security-industrial complex has cemented the power of the Communist Party, increasingly concerned with controlling the actions of those it governs."
otf  china  asia  surveillance  censorship  gfw  security 
yesterday by dmcdev
The New Organs
The New Organs is an independent project by Sam Lavigne and Tega Brain and commissioned by Mozilla to investigate how internet companies track and monitor people online and offline.
surveillance  advertising  art 
yesterday by h_b_
The Prisoner 001 (2018) | View Comic
Yes folks, it's a modern sequel/revival! (Although I think they have the chessboard in the wrong part of the Village, but perhaps they've relandscaped the lawn in the 52 years since we last saw it.) It's being released one episode per month, with #2 already available. Be seeing you.
tv  comic  privacy  sousveillance  surveillance  society  narrative  coolstuff  nerd  books  scifi  incrediblyobscurereference 
yesterday by gominokouhai
UK intelligence and police using child spies in covert operations | UK news | The Guardian
“Home Office correspondence with the committee, published in the report, suggests children are not only used to furnish the police with information, but are also assigned to collect information on behalf of agencies.”
surveillance  children  government  policy  via:timmaughan  uk  minors 
yesterday by danhon
James Clapper (DNI) Lies to the Senate About the NSA - YouTube
“Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Clapper was asked by Senator Ron Wyden in March of 2013.

“No, sir,” Clapper brazenly lied. “There are cases where they could inadvertently, perhaps, collect, but not wittingly.”
cia  nsa  propaganda  snowden  surveillance 
yesterday by jstenner
Troy Hunt on Twitter: I've had a heap of press and individual queries on Australia's #MyHealthRecord over the last week.
I've had a heap of press and individual queries on Australia's #MyHealthRecord over the last week. This is essentially centralised electronic health records that everyone will get unless explicitly opting out. Here's my thoughts:
2018  australia  privacy  health  data-sovereignty  government  surveillance 
2 days ago by bignose
attacus on Twitter: I opted out of #MyHealthRecord today.
I opted out of #MyHealthRecord today. I'm not as worried about "hackers" as I am about the number of times I have been left alone in a doc's room for "just a second" while the PC remains unlocked, and how much that must happen to others as well.
2018  australia  privacy  health  data-sovereignty  government  surveillance 
2 days ago by bignose

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