MAP 21 – a measure for self surveillance

Students that follow my lectures and visitors of this site often ask me what type of society I see for us in the future and whether that is a good thing. I usually respond to that with explaining that our present modern society holds all the signature elements of a ‘global technocracy’ and that I think this could be a good thing.  More...

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By Bartel Scheers On Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Eyes in the Sky

In the movie “They Live”, which is interesting for many reasons, a city is depicted where people are constantly monitored by flying surveillance cameras that are odly similar to the new unmanned drones More...

By Bartel Scheers On Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

REQUIRED: School Uniforms with Locator Chip Embedded

Schools in northern Brazil are now embedding their uniforms with locator chips that allow the tracking and monitoring of their students. Advertised as a “way of informing parents in case their children skip school”, More...

By Bartel Scheers On Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
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New Camera System Recognizes 36 million Faces in One Second

Every year we get just a little bit closer to making Minority Report a reality. Hitachi Kokusai Electric developed a new system for using facial recognition to process surveillance footage. Of course, this isn’t More...

By Bartel Scheers On Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Your Facebook Profile is Not as Private as You Think

Since the rise of social networking, it has become common for managers to review publically available Facebook profiles, Twitter accounts and other sites to learn more about job candidates. But many users, especially More...

By Bartel Scheers On Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
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Big Brother is going Live in 2013

Last year we wrote about a secretive compound to be constructed in Utah, USA. Not much was known then about the purpose of the complex other then it was a gigantic data center operated by the NSA. Now Wired has More...

By Bartel Scheers On Sunday, March 11th, 2012
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Fake Facebook account of Commander embarrasses Nato

As well as their names, people routinely put personal email addresses, dates of birth, clues about their home address and personal and family pictures online. Some even state their current location, and messages More...

By Bartel Scheers On Friday, March 2nd, 2012

The SpeechJammer – Freedom of Speech

Just what we need – another tool to silence people. A device which can cut off human speech without the need for physical intervention; “The SpeechJammer” The idea is simple. Psychologists have known More...

By Bartel Scheers On Monday, January 30th, 2012
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All Wet And All Drunk

Imagine yourself being 20, all drunk at a party and you say ‘yes’ to the challenge to participate in a wet T-shirt contest. Nothing new here, happens all over the world and some of you might even have More...

By Bartel Scheers On Wednesday, January 25th, 2012


The European Member States are to sign a controversial international agreement tomorrow which promises a major international crackdown on the trade of counterfeit goods – and illegal internet filesharing. The More...