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Two Pieces on Surveillance
Surveillance // Panopticon // Security Culture // Paranoia

Why hammer out concepts--be it speculative, critical, or pragmatist--if there is a meta-authority overseeing it all? Why conspire in the light?....We need to develop dissident knowledge of how to bring down drones, detect sensors, hack servers, distort GPS signals, and disrupt Google by fooling its algorithms. Forget the next innovation cycle. If the common hacker’s paranoia informs us correctly, we lost the war years ago and are surrounded. Soon we will be called to surrender, one by one.
--Geert Lovink "Hermes on the Hudson: Notes on Media Theory after Snowden. e-flux.com/journal, April 4, 2014.


A culture of security is one which enhances an organization's capacity to determine its interests and act on them in spite of another organization's opposed interests. Corporate workforces and law enforcement agencies both cultivate cultures of security, as do management teams, investment rings, smugglers, unions, militia men, and academic researchers. All of these cultures are supposed to control flows of information (trade secrets, exclusive suppliers, price indexes, strategic plans, etc.) and restrict communication in furtherance of an organization's interests.

Among dissident circles, the term Security Culture has been popularized as a response to the absence of organization and shared organizational interests. Security Culture carries a few hard and fast rules (don't talk to cops, need-to-know basis, interrupt gossip, etc.) which have established a rough outline of best practices when daily life and sensitive operations overlap or are indistinguishable.

Best practices are fundamental to the Insurgent, who frequently operates without clear structures of command and communication, enjoys limited operational awareness, and can hardly imagine an everyday life divorced from sensitive operations. The Insurgent, however, should not be confused with a dissident or “common hacker,” as Lovink puts it, and the conflation of Security Culture with Operations Security carries heavy tolls.
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30 Sep 2014 | Filed under: Commentary / Organizing : Police and Prisons : Technology : War and Militarism
Outsourced Workers Drop 40-foot Tall “Stop the Romney-Bain Economy” Banner Outside Romney National Headquarters
BainBusBoston-24.jpgThey’ve been traveling across the country over the past few weeks, but today workers from Sensata and other Bain-owned companies brought their message straight to Mitt Romney’s campaign headquarters in Boston — and they made damn sure their message would be seen...
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19 Oct 2012 | Filed under: News / Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor : Media : Organizing : Politics : Social Welfare : Technology
The Keystone Stasi Police
Police have been using the Boston Regional Intelligence Center in a half-assed attempt to collect data on political activists and profile "potential criminals."
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22 Aug 2011 | Filed under: News / Organizing : Technology
END:CIV with Director Franklin López
ENDCIV_POSTER_COLOR.jpgBased on the best-seller Endgame by Derrick Jensen, END:CIV begins with the harsh reality that all civilizations eventually end. Western Civilization is no different. It's coming down, but not fast enough.
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22 Apr 2011 | Filed under: Announcement / Environment : Globalization : Human Rights : Media : Organizing : Politics : Technology : War and Militarism
Protest for Bradley Manning in Back Bay
100_0071.JPGOn Saturday, December 15, about 50 protesters held a rally and march in Back Bay to raise awareness of the plight of Bradley Manning. Manning is an Army intelligence analyst who is accused of leaking more than 250,000 classified diplomatic cables to Wikileaks. He is currently being held in solitary confinement while not allowed to exercise, or sleep between the hours of 5 AM and 8 PM.
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17 Jan 2011 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Organizing : Technology
Government to Restart Program to Watch Peaceful Civilians
by Joseph Caye

TALON(Threat and Local Observation Notice) was a program ostensibly created to track the activities of those deemed potential terrorist threats. The aim was to gather loads of raw, unfiltered data from citizen reports, and use it to stop disruptive or violent activity. The TALON program grew out of Eagle Eyes, a program created by the Air Force Office of Special Investigation that called on the denizens of each air force base to keep an eye on their scheming neighbors and report suspicious activity. TALON was essentially the same thing, but it was run under the Department of Defense, and so was no longer specific to Air Force bases, and it required hundreds of people and more than a billion dollars to collect and catalog the thousands of reports they received every year. While it existed, if you had reason to believe someone was involved in any activity you deemed “suspicious,” you could call the toll free number, 1800-CALL-SPY, and leave an anonymous, unverified voicemail for the Pentagon. Like many government programs created in response to 9/11, it attacked our personal freedoms and instilled anxiety and distrust in many people. This is the program they’re going to revive.
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12 Aug 2010 | Filed under: News / Technology
Boston Activists Disrupt Israeli Propaganda Event at the Museum of Science
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04 May 2010 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Organizing : Politics : Technology : War and Militarism
Five Steps to Reviving Your Failing Anarchist News Web Site
1. Use a real host provider.

Hosting your site in your sketchy friend's basement might seem like a great way to save a hundred and twenty bucks a year, as well as making you feel all edgy and hackerish, but when your sketchy friend doesn't pay his electric bill and gets cut off your site goes down. Eventually your readers will get sick of this sort of thing and go back to getting their anarchist news from Google searches. Professional web hosting companies, while not perfect, can at least be counted on not to let your site disappear for a week with no warning.
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29 Mar 2010 | Filed under: Commentary / Media : Technology
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