August 16, 2022

Digital Authoritarianism: AI Surveillance Signals the Death of Personal privacy

In the hands of tyrants plus benevolent dictators alike, AI surveillance is the ultimate means of repression and control, especially through the use of smart city/safe town platforms, facial recognition techniques, and predictive policing.

“ There are no private lives. This particular a most important aspect of modern life. One of the biggest transformations we have observed in our society is the diminution of the sphere of the private. We must reasonably now every regard the fact that there are no secrets and nothing is private. Everything is public. ” ― Philip K. Dick

Nothing is personal.

We all teeter on the cusp of the cultural, technological and societal revolution the likes of which have in no way been seen before.

While the political Left and Right continue to  make abortion the face of the discussion over the right to privacy   in America, the government as well as corporate partners, aided simply by rapidly advancing technology, are reshaping the world into one in which there is no privacy at all.

Nothing that was once private is protected.

We have not even started to register the fallout in the tsunami bearing down upon us in the form of AI (artificial intelligence) surveillance, and yet it is already re-orienting our world into one in which freedom is almost unrecognizable.

AI surveillance harnesses the power of synthetic intelligence and widespread security technology to do what the law enforcement state  lacks the particular manpower and resources to undertake efficiently or effectively : be everywhere, watch everyone and everything, monitor, recognize, catalogue, cross-check, cross-reference, plus collude.

Anything that was once private is currently up for grabs to the right purchaser.

Governments plus corporations alike have heedlessly adopted AI surveillance technology without any care or issue for their long-term impact on the particular rights of the citizenry.

As a special statement by the Carnegie Endowment regarding International Peace warns, “ A growing number of states are implementing advanced AI surveillance tools to monitor, track, and surveil citizens to accomplish a range of plan objectives— some lawful, other people that violate human legal rights, and  many of which usually fall into a murky center ground . ”

Indeed, with every single new AI surveillance technologies that is adopted and used without any regard for privacy, Fourth Amendment rights plus due process, the legal rights of the citizenry are being marginalized, undermined and eviscerated.

Cue the rise of digital authoritarianism.

Digital authoritarianism , as the Center just for Strategic and International Research cautions, involves the use of information technology to surveil, repress, and manipulate the populace, endangering human rights and city liberties, and co-opting and corrupting the foundational principles of democratic and open societies, “ including freedom of movement, the right in order to speak freely and communicate political dissent, and the directly to personal privacy, online and away from. ”

The seeds of digital authoritarianism were planted in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, using the passage of the USA Patriot Act. A massive 342-page desire list of expanded powers for that FBI and CIA, the particular Patriot Act justified broader domestic surveillance, the logic being that if government realtors knew more about each United states, they could distinguish the terrorists from law-abiding citizens.

It sounded the death knell for the freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights, especially the Fourth Variation, and normalized the government’s mass surveillance powers.

Writing for the  New York Times , Jeffrey Rosen observed that will “ before Sept. eleven, the idea that Americans would under your own accord agree to live their life under the gaze of a system of biometric surveillance digital cameras, peering at them within government buildings, shopping malls, subways and stadiums,   would have seemed unthinkable , a dystopian fantasy of a society that had surrendered privacy and anonymity. ”

Who could have predicted that 50 years after George Orwell entered the final words to his dystopian novel  1984 , “ He cherished Big Brother, ” we would arrive at love Big Brother.

Yet that is exactly what has come to pass.

After 9/11, Rosen found that “ people were pleased to give up privacy without experiencing a corresponding increase in safety . More concerned about feeling safe than actually becoming safe, they demanded the particular construction of vast technological architectures of surveillance however the most empirical studies recommended that the proliferation of surveillance cameras had ‘ simply no effect on violent crime’ or terrorism. ”

In the decades following 9/11, a massive security-industrial complex arose that was fixated on militarization, surveillance, and repression.

Surveillance is the key.

We’re being viewed everywhere we go. Speed cameras. Red light cameras. Police body cameras. Cameras on public transportation. Cameras in stores. Cameras on public energy poles. Cameras in vehicles. Cameras in hospitals plus schools. Cameras in airports.

We’re being  recorded at least fifty times a day .

It’s estimated that there are upwards of 85 million monitoring cameras in the U. Ersus. alone,   second only to China .

On any given day, the average American going regarding his daily business is definitely monitored, surveilled, spied on and tracked in more compared to 20 different ways by each government and corporate eye and ears.

Beware of what you say, everything you read, what you write, where you go, and with whom you communicate, because it will most of be recorded, stored plus used against you eventually, at a time and place of the government’s choosing.

However it’s not just what we state, where we go and exactly what we buy that is getting tracked.

Jooxie is being  surveilled right down to our genes , thanks to a potent combination of hardware, software and data collection that  scans the biometrics — our own faces, irises, voices, genetics, microbiomes, scent, gait, heart beat, breathing, behaviors— runs all of them through computer programs that may break the data down into special “ identifiers, ” after which offers them up to the govt and its corporate allies for his or her respective uses.

As one AI surveillance endorse proclaimed, “ Monitoring is no longer only a watchful eyes, but a predictive a single as well . ” For instance, Emotion AI, an rising technology that is gaining within popularity, uses facial recognition technology “ to analyze expressions based on a person’s faceprint   to detect their internal emotions or even feelings, motivations and attitudes. ” China claims its AI surveillance can currently read facial expressions and brain waves in order to figure out the extent to which the public are  grateful, obedient and willing to comply with the particular Communist Party .

This is the slippery slope that leads to the thought police.

The technologies is already being used “ by border guards to identify threats at border checkpoints, as an aid for recognition and diagnosis of patients with regard to mood disorders,   to monitor classrooms for boredom or disruption , and to monitor human behavior during video calls. ”

For all intents and purposes, we now have a fourth branch of government: the surveillance state.

This fourth department came into being without any electoral require or constitutional referendum, but it possesses superpowers, above and beyond those of any other government agency save the military. It really is all-knowing, all-seeing and all-powerful. It operates beyond the particular reach of the president, Congress and the courts, and it marches in lockstep with the corporate elite who really contact the shots in Washington, DC.

The particular government’s “ technotyranny” surveillance apparatus has become so entrenched and entangled with its law enforcement state apparatus that it’s difficult to know anymore where law enforcement ends and surveillance begins.

The short answer: they have become one and the same entity. The authorities state has passed the baton to the surveillance state, which has shifted into high gear with the aid of artificial intelligence technologies. The  COVID-19 pandemic assisted to further centralize digital strength in the hands of the federal government   at the expense of the citizenry’s privacy legal rights.

“ From cameras that identify the particular faces of passersby to algorithms that keep tabs on public sentiment online, artificial intelligence (AI)-powered tools are opening  new frontiers in state surveillance around the world . ” So begins the particular Carnegie Endowment’s report upon AI surveillance note. “ Law enforcement, national security, legal justice, and border management organizations in every region are usually relying on these technologies— designed to use statistical pattern recognition, device learning, and big data analytics— to monitor citizens. ”

In the hands of tyrants and benevolent dictators alike, AI security is the ultimate means of repression and control, especially through the use of  smart city/safe city platforms, facial recognition systems, and predictive policing . These technology are also being used by chaotic extremist groups, as well as  sex, child, medication, and arms traffickers   for their own nefarious purposes.

China and taiwan, the role model for our dystopian future, has been a main force in deploying AI surveillance on its own citizens, specifically by way of its social credit score systems, which it employs to identify, track and segregate its “ good” citizens from the “ bad. ”

Social media credit scores assigned to Chinese people and businesses categorize all of them on whether or not they are worthy of being part of society. A real-name system— which usually requires people to use government-issued ID cards to buy cellular sims, obtain social media balances, take a train, board a plane, or even buy household goods — coupled with social media credit scores ensures that those penalized as “ unworthy” are  banned from accessing financial markets, buying real estate property or travelling by atmosphere or train . Among the activities that can get you labeled unworthy are taking reserved chairs on trains or leading to trouble in hospitals.

In much the same way that Chinese products possess infiated almost every market worldwide and altered consumer characteristics,   China is now exporting its “ authoritarian tech” to governments globally   ostensibly in order to spread its brand of totalitarianism worldwide. In fact , both The far east and the United States have  led the way in providing the rest of the world with AI surveillance , sometimes at a subsidized rate.

This is how totalitarianism conquers the world.

While nations with authoritarian regimes have been eager to adopt AI surveillance, as the Carnegie Endowment’s study makes clear, liberal democracies are also “ aggressively making use of AI tools to law enforcement borders, apprehend potential bad guys,   monitor people for bad behavior , and pull out suspected terrorists from crowds. ”

Moreover, it’s easy to see how the China model with regard to internet control has been integrated into the American police state’s efforts to flush out alleged anti-government, domestic extremists.

According to journalist Adrian Shahbaz’s in-depth report, presently there are  nine components to the Chinese model of electronic authoritarianism   when it comes to censoring speech and targeting activists: 1) dissidents have problems with persistent cyber attacks plus phishing; 2) social media, sites, and messaging apps are blocked; 3) posts that criticize government officials are usually removed; 4) mobile plus internet access are revoked since punishment for activism; 5) paid commentators drown away government criticism; 6) brand new laws tighten regulations upon online media; 7) citizens’ behavior monitored via AI and surveillance tools; 9) individuals regularly arrested for posts critical of the authorities; and 9) online activists are made to disappear.

You don’t even have to be a critic of the government to get snared in the web of electronic censorship and AI surveillance.

The danger posed by the surveillance state does apply equally to all of us: law-breaker and law-abider alike.

When the government sees all and knows every and has an abundance of laws to render even the most seemingly upstanding citizen a criminal and lawbreaker, then the aged adage that you’ve got nothing to consider if you’ve got nothing to hide no longer applies.

Since Orwell wrote in  1984 , “ You had to live— did reside, from habit that became instinct— in the assumption that each sound you made has been overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement looked at. ”

Within an age of too many laws, a lot of prisons, too many government agents, and too many corporations desperate to make a fast buck in the expense of the American taxpayer, we are all guilty of some criminal offense or other.

No one is spared.

As Elise Jones writes for  Wired : “ New surveillance tech means  you’ll never be anonymous again . ”

It won’t be long before we find yourself looking back on the past with longing, back to a good age where we could speak to whomever we wanted, purchase whatever we wanted, think whatever we wanted, move wherever we wanted, feel whatever we wanted without having those thoughts, words plus activities being tracked, prepared and stored by business giants, sold to govt agencies, and used against us by militarized law enforcement with their army of cutting-edge technologies.

Follow cautiously: as I make clear inside my book  Battleground America: The War over the American People   and in its imaginary counterpart  The Erik Blair Diaries ,   1984  has become an operation manual for the omnipresent, modern-day AI surveillance state.

Without constitutional protections in position to guard against encroachments on this rights when power, AI technology and militaristic governance converge, it won’t be a long time before Philip K. Dick’s guidelines for survival become our governing reality: “ In case, as it seems, we are along the way of becoming a totalitarian society in which the state apparatus is all-powerful, the ethics most significant for the survival of the accurate, free, human individual would be:   cheat, are located, evade, fake it, end up being elsewhere, forge documents, build improved electronic gadgets inside your garage that’ll outwit the gadgets used by the authorities . ”


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