The Big Brother State is a short educational film created at the German university of Augsburg which tries to provide a different view of certain laws that are supposed to protect our freedom for the sake of our rights and privacy.
Do we really need more cameras monitoring public places, trusted computing, biometric passports and network traffic monitoring? Can anyone confirm that the data that is collected will never be misused for other purposes?
The movie uses animation and a dramatic voice to display possible consequences for users from all over the world. Definitely worth to watch.
I think Goethe put it nicely by saying "None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free". All of these mechanisms provide a false sense of security. What good does it do if all network traffic is monitored when terrorists use encryption, one use computers, meet in person, meet in another country, send letters, use codes only they know?
There are so many ways around these monitoring systems, that it is silly to believe that this will stop terrorists from committing acts of terrorism. Instead of finding ways to spend billions of tax money, politicians should start looking at the causes, and start to fight those instead, but that would mean that they would have to face some ugly truths that no one dares to face yet.
The video addresses several issues that are still highly controversial even years after it has been created. This includes the following topics:
It addresses each issue by highlighting the negative sides of each of the measures discussed in the video.
Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.
We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats or subscription fees.
If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.