[ExI] What surveillance solution is best - Orwellian, David Brin's, or ...?

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Wed Jun 27 11:42:14 UTC 2007

On Wed, Jun 27, 2007 at 03:30:18PM +1000, Stathis Papaioannou wrote:

> Surely bugging every house wouldn't be either more difficult or more
> expensive than, say, a space program. I think the reason no-one has
> tried it is evidence that there are some things which even dictators
> fear would be too unpopular.

Of course they would have to know in order it to be unpopular


Firmware update over air is becoming standard, large local nonvolatile
memories and utilities which record all audio to local flash are commercially

Cell-side tracking is completely transparent. OCR of license plates is almost
completely transparent (I usually flip the bird when I drive under a toll
bridge). SIGINT is completely transparent.

It is in principle quite doable to detect an executable transmission (software
update, etc.), and alter it on the wire to embed a goverment trojan, which
is then subsequently executed.

Most people have no idea what one can do with the hardware they thought
they own just because they bought it. No idea...

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