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[liberationtech] Call for Participants @ Noisy Square - Putting the Resistance back in OHM

Eleanor Saitta ella at dymaxion.org
Tue Jun 25 07:42:48 PDT 2013


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On 2013.06.25 04.32, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 09:08:59PM -0300, hellekin wrote:
>>> They are ramping such a system up but it isn't in place yet, 
>>> remember, they are firing 600 people in the following years.
>>> 
>> *** I guess you mean: outsourcing to the private sector.
> 
> The budgets in general will shrink a lot in the coming years, 
> whether black, or not. There's only that much parasite load a given
> host can bear, especially if energy intake is going down.
> 
> It might be well the last big splurge in sigint, and they will have
> to let many analysts go. The data might be still collected, for a
> while, before the number of tap points goes down to attrition, but
> less and less can be made from it.
> 
> Perhaps we're witnessing Peak Spook.

While I love this notion, I see absolutely no evidence for it in any
way.  I think we're going to see the opposite -- surveillance is still
getting cheaper, fast, and I don't see much real sign of the big
players cutting their budgets.  While I don't know that they'll be
able to achieve the same kind of geopolitical reach that the NSA has,
I'd assume that most country's internal police will be looking to
reach a similar pervasiveness of surveillance.

E.

- -- 
Ideas are my favorite toys.
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