Adventures in Surveillance

The government is surveilling us, of course. What about the advertisers?

Your host sets out in search of a model of thinking about surveillance that’s more up to date than the panopticon. The body of the Jeremy Bentham, a Pepe the frog doll and a Deep State hoodie all come into play.

Burning down the Panopticon

Our new miniseries on Surveillance begins with your host tripping over the corpse of Jeremy Bentham, the man who gave us the Panopticon. Next Previous

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Honeypot

Your host decides to follow back a Joy Division T-shirt that is following him around the internet. Plus the surveillance that powers behaviorally targeted personalized advertising. Next Previous

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Targeted

Your host tries his hand at targeted advertising and he dooms his child to a life of exclusion with the simple gift of a stuffed frog. Plus the truth about Facial Recognition. Next Previous

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Nolite te bastardes carborundorum

Donald Trump promises women he will make Surveillance great again. Plus Digital Security Training! Next Previous

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Useful Idiots

Your host discovers you can’t beat the Russians at the fake game and ToE’s Chris reviews Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden. Plus: Vladislav Surkov and the Potemkin Panopticon.   Next Previous

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The fairest of them all?

Our Surveillance miniseries continues with a special holiday episode. Your host visits both the glass room ( a fake pop up store) and the Google pop up store (a real pop up store).   Next Previous

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Entrapment

The FBI builds more surveillance traps that don’t work, and your host shares a few of his earliest adventures in surveillance.   Next Previous

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The Twentieth of January

A spy novel from the 80’s gives Donald Trump and his Russian friends some ideas. PLUS your host inspires the youth with cowardice.   Next Previous

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Doomed to Repeat

Your host examines the targeted advertising and fake news that some say put Donald Trump in the White House. Plus: the colonial history of Biometric Surveillance. Thanks to Mira Waits, Ethan Zuckerman and Hannes Grassegger Next Previous

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The Rainbows of Inevitability

We take a tour of the sprawl with Metahaven to learn about the propaganda of propaganda and we travel beyond the Facebook wall to learn the real truth about targeted advertising. Plus Project Madison Valleywood!   Next Previous

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Nothing to Hide

Potemkin apps, Fake ads, and the return of little pepe the frog. Your host busts out all his best deep state moves for the grand conclusion of our Surveillance miniseries. Plus Finn Brunton pitches AdNauseum and Siva Vaidhyanathan gives us a tour of the Cryptopticon. Next Previous

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