Jeremy Benthem’s Panopticon

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We might owe whistle-blowers Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden (after Daniel Ellsberg) nothing else than the future. We got a final wake-up call. What Snowden has revealed is what all had long feared in nightmares but could not imagine to be real already. We have looked at and criticized filtered internet in Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, or China but did overlook that it is The Home of The Brave that is the most advanced and deformed surveillance state. A timeline how that could happen is detailed in an article by Cora Currier, Justin Elliott and Theodoric Meyer, see here.

Supposedly, the idea of absolute surveillance has fascinated mankind from the beginning. If it is possible, it would have been done. No it is. Of course, late enlightenment philosopher Jeremy Benthem (1748-1832) had no evil in mind when inventing the Panopticon as an easy to survey prison.

10 June 2013 @ 5:05 pm.

Last modified June 10, 2013.

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