24 August 2011

Still Think Big Brother Ain't Watching You?

This ought to instill an appropriate level of fear, then


The above photo by Ronnie Miranda appeared various places following the Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver in mid-June. But the original is not just any wide-angle shot, for what he captured was actually a massive 1.0 gigapixel (one billion) digital image...

Such a capability offers astonishing detail that is obviously useful to anyone working in law enforcement or security/intelligence -how useful?

Simply click on the pic above and then zoom right down by double-clicking on anybody in the crowd... pretty scary. One can clearly see the faces of almost every single individual (prior to the trouble breaking-out) with just this one pic- and there were thousands upon thousands of people there. 

Combine this with rapidly-evolving face recognition technology and the unsettling Orwellian implications are plain. Vancouver Gigapixel

You expected to retain a speck of privacy in the 21st century? How quaint- get ready to be disappointed.

Do note that this technology was simply something in the hands of a private commercial photographer: just think what the police/FBI/CIA/DHS/military must have at their disposal (!)


Alas, the unprincipled partisan snake (who speak with forked tongue) that still occupies the Oval Office provides constitutionally-aware patriots with additional cause for concern: you've got to wonder how many 'gigapixel' photo crews the progs have shadowing GOP candidates and TEA Party events- I'd bet money they're doing it already, not to mention DHS keeping an eye peeled for those (non-existent) white, middle-aged terrorists (and other Obama political opponents) Big Sis mumbles about periodically.

Scotland Yard and MI-5 fancy this sort of thing, too- in a big way: in fact they've already got one public CCTV camera for every 32 people in the UK... appalling wall-to-wall voyeurism the DDR's incessant Stasi snoops could only dream of...


NPR   CBC   Wikipedia  The Guardian   Maggie's Notebook   (UK) h/t Roberto

10 comments:

Maggie@MaggiesNotebook said...

OMgosh. That is terrifying! I wonder how many pics we have of TEA Partiers around the country? Perhaps that's where the experiment with face recognition has begun. After all, we ARE the terrorists.

Great post RR. We have not an ounce of privacy anymore.

Reaganite Republican said...

Thanks Maggie- I used to have more of a "whatever it takes" attitude... but this administration has a way of making you reconsider what limits are appropriate- to say the least

LibertyAtStake said...

LAS not concerned. Might as well try to outlaw the wheel. As an individual, just make sure you don't do anything really stupid in public. As a citizen, try to make sure statists don't get elected to unlimited power. Oops.

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Reaganite Republican said...

My concern is that a system of cameras -like the UK already has deployed- in concert with face recognition and tapping your car's GPS system... they are going to be able to track where everybody who ever leaves their house goes or has been.

After this administration I am far more wary of such unimpeded government power... understandably I think

Henry said...

I need to invent a type of makeup, or transparent face paint, that acts like the license plate blockers for red light cameras...

Anonymous said...

or just don't have a facebook account or criminal record and they can't match your face to anything.

Reaganite Republican said...

What about driver's license, passport, or facial scan at the airport? You know that's coming

Snaggle-Tooth Jones said...

We've *more or less* won the battle for gun rights, but the issues of privacy and government surveillance technology will be the ones that will vex the cause of liberty even more than the threat against gun ownership did. If eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, it is imperative that all American patriots dedicate their time and energy to taking these toys away from government, or at least enacting strict legal controls with severe penalties for their misuse.

Failing our ability to acheive that, however, the news is not all bad. In his book Global Guerrillas, retired USAF Major and terrorism expert John Robb outlines how the government will never have a monopoly on these kinds of technologies, and that the people may use them as a check or "monkeywrench" against the Surveillance State. In fact, the days not only of the American Empire but of powerful states around the world are numbered, as in the future this very same technology will play a significant role in the devolution of power away from centralized power structures to local "resilient" communities and to "global guerrillas" unified by religion, ethnicity, ideology, etc. To put it another way, FedGov isn't the big, omnipotent force it would like to make you believe it is. In fact, much of its power is based on a bluff. Think of the real Wizard of Oz behind the curtain, when discovered, shouts into his microphone, "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!" If we are ever able to create a popular critical mass of resistance, it will be over for FedGov and its array of tekkie surveillance toys. (Think the final scene of V For Vendetta.)

But until that day, expect FedGov to pull out all the stops, and work hard to put legal mechanisms in place to stop it. We did it with Second Amendment rights. We can do it with Fourth Amendment rights.

Snaggle-Tooth Jones said...

By the way, it's just not new digital photograph technology Rome on the Potomac is using. They're looking at your blogs too via sophisticated "mining" programs. Google "total information awareness", "data mining" and "text mining".

Trestin said...

It's only going to get worse. Wait until they start deploying swarm drones with biometric technology.

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