The Art of Self-Surveillance

Friday, November 11, 2011


In 2002, artist and professor Hasan Elahi spent six months being interrogated off and on by the FBI as a suspected terrorist. In response to this experience, he created Tracking Transience, a website that makes his every move available to the FBI - and everybody else. Brooke talks to Elahi about the project.


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Comments [2]

Bob from Philadelphia

It's a little irksome to know the FBI is still monitoring him through his site, when they should have acknowledged their mistake by now and moved on to people that might actually be a threat. What a waste of resources. I'd love to hear their logic in assigning someone to view pictures of the toilets he's used and other assorted mundane details of his days.

Nov. 17 2011 03:41 PM
Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

Well, I've always said that I never feared Big Brother watching me. My own biggest brother took a photo of me in my hipppiest carnival days (Mom & Dad joined one and took me with them at 27) and said he was sending it to the family. I assumed that he meant the government, National Guard officer that he then was. Heck, he commanded the "tanks" used to quell New Haven's unrest on May Day 1970!

I've long made TMI, "too much information" my action motto. So much so that my family had to ask me to delete many things from my Facebook page for fear of corrupting my younger relatives. I always idolized Socrates. I may live long enough to tell them in person. The government already knows.

Nov. 16 2011 08:39 PM

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