Little Brother Is Watching Too


| July 23, 2003


You've probably heard about the Bush administration's controversial Total Information Awareness or TIA (newly renamed 'Terrorist' Information Awareness), created to mine data (financial, educational, medical, travel, etc.) from U.S. citizens' electronic data trails in an attempt to preempt terrorist strikes. Well, now there's the Government Information Awareness project (GIA), developed by MIT Media Lab researcher Ryan McKinley. GIA's aim is to level the playing field by giving citizens a comprehensive information resource about government. As the website states, 'That a government with countless details about its constituents will serve them better is a theory that's oft been proven wrong, while the theory that a country should have access to details about its governors is one that this country was built on, and is incontestably solid.' Not only can you find standard information on your elected officials, the site is set up for citizens -- including people in government -- to provide anonymous intelligence about the government, as well as the ability to electronically monitor a government individual, agency, or organization. 'Is this legal?' reads a question in the FAQ section. Answer: 'It should be.'
-- Anne Geske

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