Friday, February 22, 2008

The anti-Big Brother device

xfloggingkylex sent me this little tidbit (please excuse the poor Google translation from German).

Infrared light against surveillance cameras

The URA / FILOART developed device promises to the citizens a more reliable protection against security measures of the state (and other Überwachenden). IR.ASC offers the safety and security therefore to the asymmetry of power between the individual and Überwachenden.
That word Überwachenden came up twice, untranslated, so I went out to an English-German dictionary online to see what it meant...and I can see why it didn't translate. It's meaning is entirely dependent on context. The gist of it is control, policing, surveillance, shadowing. Sound like Big Brother to you? Das Überwachenden. It sounds ominous. I like it.

Anyway (back from my ADD moment), the gist of the article is that these German brainiacs have devised an IR headset that essentially masks the wearer from the ubiquitous closed-circuit police cameras that are cropping up everywhere, particularly in Europe.

While I appreciate the spirit of those evading the ever-present gaze of Big Brother, I think a preferable solution is the old "hide in plain sight" method. But it is cool to see that there are people out there who are NOT on board with government intrusion into every aspect of our lives, always in the name of "security", or "for the children", but always bringing less freedom and more burden to the individual.