Happy Easter / Happy Pesach
One celebrates life, the other celebrates freedom and that is our theme for today for our government pigeon.

What’s the use in government surveillance? What are the cameras and the recordings all for? Why go to the trouble of bioengineering pigeons to steal your private data?

The clue is in the technology. These surveillance cameras no longer just watch you, they know you. ‘Machine learning’ is rife in todays technology. From your Facebook account to your Amazon Alexa. These products are designed to listen and learn, supposedly for your benefit. It’s gimmicky and fun to ask your robot servant for a 90’s playlist on a Saturday night, isn’t it? Next thing you know, you’re bombarded with advertising for flights to the Canaries because your latest status said “NEED A HOLIDAY”. Meanwhile, the CEO is in criminal court.

What’s more, London’s Met Police recently hit headlines trialing facial recognition technology. Targeting London hotspots such as Soho and Piccadilly Circus, the cameras were deployed in the streets to capture and record every single face walking past. This isn’t just surveillance. This is active databasing of the community so that you can be tracked and identified on every street corner.

So you personal data is being recorded at home, your personal data is being recorded in the streets. Sometimes knowingly, often not.

If you have a child you may have bought the latest ‘Hello Barbie’. Or you may have bought it anyway, not one to judge. Point is, when she speaks back it’s not the doll, its the servers at ToyTalk. Surveillance authorities now know you had fish fingers for lunch on Wednesday. But the drones outside Sainsbury’s could have told them that anyway. Add it all together and a 3D image of your life, your actions, your likes, your movements are recorded and analysed every second of every day. And it’s not all for a laugh at government HQ. This data is used, sold and manipulated and you are the product. God forbid the authorities ever come after after you, because you haven’t conformed the way they’d liked today.

The government no longer just govern.

Cameras are no longer just cameras.

Pigeons are no longer just pigeons.

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Happy Easter / Happy Pesach One celebrates life, the other celebrates freedom and that is our theme for today. What’s the use in government surveillance? What are the cameras and the recordings all for? Why go to the trouble of bioengineering pigeons to steal your private data? The clue is in the technology. These surveillance cameras no longer just watch you, they know you. ‘Machine learning’ is rife in todays technology. From your Facebook account to your Amazon Alexa. These products are designed to listen and learn, supposedly for your benefit. It’s gimmicky and fun to ask your robot servant for a 90’s playlist on a Saturday night, isn’t it? Next thing you know, you’re bombarded with advertising for flights to the Canaries because your latest status said “NEED A HOLIDAY”. Meanwhile, the CEO is in criminal court. What’s more, London’s Met Police recently hit headlines trialing facial recognition technology. Targeting London hotspots such as Soho and Piccadilly Circus, the cameras were deployed in the streets to capture and record every single face walking past. This isn’t just surveillance. This is active databasing of the community so that you can be tracked and identified on every street corner. So you personal data is being recorded at home, your personal data is being recorded in the streets. Sometimes knowingly, often not. If you have a child you may have bought the latest ‘Hello Barbie’. Or you may have bought it anyway, not one to judge. Point is, when she speaks back it’s not the doll, its the servers at ToyTalk. Surveillance authorities now know you had fish fingers for lunch on Wednesday. But the drones outside Sainsbury’s could have told them that anyway. Add it all together and a 3D image of your life, your actions, your likes, your movements are recorded and analysed every second of every day. And it’s not all for a laugh at government HQ. This data is used, sold and manipulated and you are the product. God forbid the authorities ever come after after you, because you haven’t conformed the way they’d liked today. The government no longer just govern. Cameras are no longer just cameras. Pigeons are no longer just pigeons. #pigeonsarentreal

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