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The Visible Man: An FBI Target Puts His Whole Life Online

May 24th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Clive Thompson’s story on Wired illustrates one of my recurring themes — without mentioning sex or relationships at all, so now you know it’s not just me:

The Visible Man: An FBI Target Puts His Whole Life Online
If being candid about his flights could clear his name, why not be open about everything? “I’ve discovered that the best way to protect your privacy is to give it away,” he says, grinning as he sips his venti Black Eye. Elahi relishes upending the received wisdom about surveillance. The government monitors your movements, but it gets things wrong. You can monitor yourself much more accurately. Plus, no ambitious agent is going to score a big intelligence triumph by snooping into your movements when there’s a Web page broadcasting the Big Mac you ate four minutes ago in Boise, Idaho. “It’s economics,” he says. “I flood the market.”

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  • 1 rollcamera // May 25, 2007 at 9:03 am

    Sigh. No, it’s not just you. Certainly not. Sigh.