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Speculative fiction/nonfiction about post-authoritarian-technocracy?

I find myself wondering if the rise of global authoritarianism might be deeply—like, inextricably—connected to the maturing nature of technological surveillance, or perhaps just global telecommunications more generally. Since I'm probably not the first person to think about this, I'm curious what stories, novels, long-form articles, or other analyses (fiction or nonfiction) are out there that focus on speculating/extrapolating what happens after the age of the authoritarian panopticon. Bonus points for plausibility; not really looking to get too "far-out."
posted by CheesesOfBrazil on Nov 25, 2016 - 10 answers

Happy Owl-oween! Outdoor microphone for listening to bird sounds indoors

My elderly dad would like to listen to bird, owl, and nature sounds that are going on outside of his house from inside the house. Is there an outdoor microphone and indoor receiver (amp? speaker? I'm not quite sure what I am looking for here) system that will do this for him easily? [more inside]
posted by ohohcyte on Oct 31, 2015 - 4 answers

Surveilling housesitters without their knowledge...

So, I own a house. My three kids and I went away on vacation leaving my very needy dogs in the care of a housesitter. The housesitter was an acquaintance: a good friend of a good friend, but someone that I had only personally met a few times. I have non-obvious cameras in my house. Not in the private areas like the bathroom or bedrooms, but in public areas like the living room and kitchen. I, perhaps stupidly, did not tell the housesitter about these cameras and then, guiltily, reviewed the footage upon returning home. Now I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 5, 2015 - 50 answers

How does my company know I used duplicate passwords?

I started a new job last week, which involved registering for a bunch of different tools and services (email, internal tools, ticket tracking system, project management stuff, etc.). Since I needed access to those before I got a chance to set up a password manager, I used a couple duplicate passwords so I could remember them (they were strong passwords, but they fit a pattern that I can remember). Shortly after I signed into a site with one of the passwords I was also using on another site, I got an email from IT saying they'd noticed I'd used duplicate passwords and to change them ASAP. How did they know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 19, 2015 - 15 answers

Chatting on Whatsapp anonymously?

Is there any way I can chat on Whatsapp anonymously with a group of my friends? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Jan 20, 2015 - 5 answers

How can I sweep for bugs at work?

I'd like to find out if there are recording devices in offices at our workplace. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2014 - 19 answers

Legalities of Surveilance Cameras in a Rental Property?

Can a rental property owner legally operate covert video recording equipment? [more inside]
posted by jimmysmits on Feb 6, 2014 - 3 answers

What to do about my roommate's surveillance camera?

I'm currently living in a small apartment with two bedrooms and one roommate. My roommate has exhibited some odd behavior in the past, but in the last week things have gotten weird. Help me negotiate this situation. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2014 - 38 answers

Is it legal to run a Tor relay node in the United States?

I want to run a Tor relay node from my house in the United States. What, if any, legal considerations should I be concerned about? [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari on Sep 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Give me all of CCTV's eyes.

The recently released movie Closed Circuit uses London's extensive use of the CCTV technology in ways I had only envisioned in my own screenplays. What movies within the past 10-15 years or so also do this? I am thinking more like how the Bourne movies used the technology than movies like The Conversation and The Lives of Others. What movies use CCTV's in an interesting way? Bonus points if it's in London, but it can be anywhere.
posted by signondiego on Aug 31, 2013 - 11 answers

How can I find out where my cat's been going all day?

My usually very stay-at-home cat has recently taken to disappearing before I get up in the morning and coming home late in the afternoon. I think a neighbor may be feeding her because, besides the fact that my cat's always been a homebody, I feed her in the morning, so she would likely stay around to be fed unless she had an equally good reason to go elsewhere. When this started last week, she didn't have a collar, so conceivably someone could have thought she was homeless and tried to take her in. But after two days I put a collar on her, with an attached note to the effect of "please don't feed me or take me in", but she's still going off every morning. I miss her and worry that one day she won't return. How can I track her movements? [more inside]
posted by zeri on Aug 6, 2013 - 22 answers

How to record and transcribe all conversations

Suppose I would like to automatically record and transcribe all conversations that happen around me. Is this technically feasible? What products and services would you use to accomplish this goal? [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Jul 9, 2013 - 13 answers

Is there a history of librarian collusion and resistance to repression?

In this New Yorker blog post, Internet Archive's Brewster Kahle mentions this in an answer: "Libraries have had a long history of dealing with authoritarian organizations demanding reader records—who’s read what—and this has led to people being rounded up and killed. As a librarian, you take this very, very seriously." Is there a concise history of this somewhere?
posted by history is a weapon on Jun 29, 2013 - 4 answers

Can I live without surveillance?

Like many of us here, I am deeply disturbed by the recent revelations about the extent of the NSA's surveillance program. How can I lead a life without my telephone calls and internet activity being monitored by the government? More questions inside from an average boring American who has nothing to hide but wants to start living my technological life differently. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Jun 10, 2013 - 18 answers

Are LinkedIn surveilling us?

I've long suspected that the professional networking site LinkedIn may be using information such as my mobile phone records to make recommendations for connections. But today they really freaked me out. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Elizabeth the Thirteenth on Jun 7, 2013 - 14 answers

How will Google Glass work in two-party states?

Google Glasses allow users to record video and audio of unsuspecting subjects by simply winking. Many states, including California and Washington, require consent from all parties before being recorded. How will this play out in practice? [more inside]
posted by SakuraK on May 10, 2013 - 11 answers

Packing list for big brother

If one was moving to a country that engages in surveillance of its citizens as well as foreigners and you wanted to best protect yourself, what would you buy? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Jan 22, 2013 - 14 answers

2nd Home Surveillance

I have been asked to set up an Internet-based surveillance camera at our weekend house. The catch? A somewhat limited DSL connection. Comments or suggestions for an easily set-up Internet surveillance system greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by flyingrock on Jan 3, 2013 - 10 answers

Am I being legally surveilled?

My boss owns the apartment in which I reside. Above the front door is a large and ominous security camera replete with a bank of infrared lights. My comings and goings are recorded and accessible by not only the boss (who was unaware of its existence), but 2 other employees who have no right to watch what I do. Or do they? Can someone answer me: is this scenario legal?
posted by eedele on Oct 27, 2012 - 25 answers

What does the Casper suite allow Admins to see?

My office just announced that they are installing Casper QuickAdd to all of our laptops in the next week or so. I want to know what they are going to be able to see after I do the installation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Save our surveillance

What's the best way to protect surveillance equipment from lightning? [more inside]
posted by dozo on Sep 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Information security info via Twitter?

Following Jacob Appelbaum and Bruce Schneier on Twitter has led me to some interesting articles / videos, etc. RE: information security, surveillance, and online censorship -who else should I be keeping an eye on?
posted by ryanshepard on Aug 31, 2012 - 11 answers

Is this a good surveillance system?

Is this a good deal for a surveillance system? [more inside]
posted by spacediver on Jul 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Marsh monitoring for dummies.

I'm working on setting up an outdoor webcam that can pan, tilt, and zoom with web (and possibly iPad/smartphone) access, and I'm having a heck of a time finding a good solution to do all of the above. Help? [more inside]
posted by sciencemandan on Jun 7, 2012 - 6 answers

What's needed to make video surveillance on the web?

How do I make our surveillance cameras available to the public over the web? [more inside]
posted by bellastarr on Apr 24, 2012 - 2 answers

Documentary about surveillance

What was this documentary? [more inside]
posted by Scottie_Bob on Feb 13, 2012 - 3 answers

A story before its time. Its time is now.

Seeking a 1950s sf short story, probably by a notable author, that presaged a panopticon-esque surveillance society. My google-fu pride is injured that I can't find a trace of it. [more inside]
posted by dhartung on Jan 26, 2012 - 7 answers

The first act in a horror movie script

What's the best way to record audio (or video) of myself sleeping? Yes, ideally, eight hours of low-quality audio in one shot. [more inside]
posted by stroke_count on Jan 6, 2012 - 11 answers

To Watch or Not To Watch- Home Surveillance when away

We are going out of town and using a housesitting service that we found through the interwebs. A friend told us that we absolutely must set up some sort of surveillance. I'm really torn. [more inside]
posted by emilyclaire on Dec 14, 2011 - 14 answers

It turns out the owls are pretty much exactly what they seem

I need to know how to set up a wireless, night-vision enabled, motion detecting camera for the purposes of spying. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Sep 23, 2011 - 15 answers

Are you listening to the Drill Channel, or do we have (another) situation here?

When the police drill through to insert a surveillance camera, how do they do it stealthily? [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless on Aug 19, 2011 - 9 answers

What's the best iPad app for IP cameras

What's the best iPad app for viewing surveillance cameras? [more inside]
posted by contraption on Aug 18, 2011 - 4 answers

What's the easiest/cheapest way to set up a home surveillance camera that will notify me and stream video for remote viewing/recording if somebody enters my home while I'm gone?

What is the easiest, cheapest, most effective way for me to set up a single motion-triggered surveillance camera at home to verify whether I have a creepy situation going on while I'm gone? If triggered, I want it to alert me remotely, stream video for remote live viewing, and ideally record to the cloud rather than locally for later viewing. I'd like an easy web/desktop interface to control it all. Have you tried one of those kits from X10 for this and did it work well for you? [more inside]
posted by Askr on Sep 29, 2010 - 9 answers

Perimeter security for a young family.

I have a nightmarish neighbor. This particular question is about security cameras. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Sep 20, 2010 - 37 answers

Smile, you're on suprisingly cost-effective, internet-capable, DVR-connected camera!

What's the "best" standalone security/surveillance DVR? Assume that I want the best mix of value, quality, cool features and durability/longevity. Are there "prosumer" DVR products? [more inside]
posted by iknowizbirfmark on Sep 3, 2010 - 2 answers

Is there a standard for surveillance systems?

I'm trying to access a webcam/serveillance system that I have. Is there a protocol or standard to interact with DVR/webcam systems? [more inside]
posted by edmz on Jul 7, 2010 - 4 answers

Does electronic spying on corporations really happen?

Wired had an article recently about a company whose job it was to sweep Fortune 500 corporate offices and boardrooms looking for electronic surveillance devices. Is this a real problem? Has there ever been a documented case of a large company being bugged by their competitors? My gut is telling me this is a lot of hype.
posted by TorontoSandy on Jul 5, 2010 - 13 answers

Make me paranoid

Why should I be concerned about privacy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2010 - 18 answers

Where is the line?

What legal barriers prevent ISPs from violating their users' privacy? [more inside]
posted by finite on Apr 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Help Me Install Video Surveillance In My House

Help me find the perfect home surveillance gear that I can install myself. I'm looking for hardware recommendations, installation and usage tips and tricks. [more inside]
posted by shew on Apr 8, 2010 - 2 answers

How to set up a simple home surveillance system?

Looking to set up a fairly simple home surveillance system. I’m looking for some basic advice on equipment, programs for view and recording feeds as well as any other insights you might have. [more inside]
posted by emmysue01 on Mar 26, 2010 - 5 answers

if you're not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about

what is the best counter-argument to the "if you're not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about" line of thinking regarding surveillance (both covert and overt)?
posted by radiosilents on Feb 18, 2010 - 66 answers

Why does my iPhone phone home when off?

Why (and what) is my iPhone transmitting while switched off? My (Australian bought, legitimately carrier-unlocked, T-Mobile-SIM'd) iPhone 3GS is switched off (hold down top button, swipe red switch on screen) but connected to wall power and sitting on top of a poorly shielded computer speaker. Almost exactly at 5:00am it uttered the characteristic "dit dit de-dit dit de-dit dit de-dit" of a GSM phone chatting to a cell tower. I switched it off ffs, the GSM radio shouldn't be active! What is it sending to the tower and why? [more inside]
posted by m1ndsurfer on Dec 25, 2009 - 12 answers

My roommate has been watching what I do online- help!

My roommate has been watching what I do online- help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 27, 2009 - 37 answers

What is the name and who is the author of this science fiction short story about a Utopian Transparent Society

After looking everywhere and which a way, I am at a loss. I am looking for a short story with a near future high tech anarchy as background-- something that resembles David Brin's concept of The Transparent Society, Utopian Version, where every body knows everybody else's business--as opposed to, say, Police Surveillance State On Steroids Big Time where Big Brother knows your business and location as in 1984 meets The Minority Report. [more inside]
posted by y2karl on Mar 10, 2009 - 11 answers

Recommend a good IP security camera that does motion detection.

Can anybody recommend a good IP surveillance camera that does motion detection internally? [more inside]
posted by monkeybutt on Nov 2, 2008 - 8 answers

What are some pop culture references on seeing and being seen?

Looking for pop culture examples of our obsession with seeing and being seen. [more inside]
posted by MattS on Oct 2, 2008 - 24 answers

I can see you.

Why haven't (or to what extent have) prisons embraced video technology? [more inside]
posted by greytape on May 21, 2008 - 13 answers

Hidden Wireless Driveway Alarm

How can I secretly and wirelessly be informed of cars pulling into my driveway? [more inside]
posted by Ricket on Mar 21, 2008 - 13 answers

What are appropriate rates for computer surveillance work?

I'm currently running a business where I monitor computers for people. I use custom made software that gets by all the anti-malware scanners and through the firewalls. I have been charging $40/hr for the first hour, and $45 for each hour after that. Since most of work may only take 1-4 hours per client I've been told that I'm charging too little. Figures have been thrown at me by friends, family and even clients that I should charge $60, $75 or even $100. What is a fair amount in this business. Yes this involves spying on people at the workplace, churches and spouses. My first question. I've searched mefi for similar stuff and came up empty.
posted by Jack Feschuk on Mar 10, 2008 - 15 answers

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