Surveillance Capitalism workshop

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My smart phone listens to my conversations even when it is not on. My GPS tracks me even when I know where I’m going. My credit cards track all my purchases. The camera in my computer watches me. Maybe the camera in my smart TV watches me too. I go through life sending out little electronic messages revealing everything I say, everywhere I go, everything I buy, and everyone I talk to. Artificial Intelligence claims it can predict my actions and even my thoughts before I have them. It claims it can influence what I do and even how I vote. Is this the world of interconnectedness we dreamed of 25 years ago at the dawn of the internet age? How can we control it instead of it predicting our moves and nudging us?

Resource links:



Shared Notes

These shared notes come from the Friday workshop

Links of interest from FreeScholar:


William Barr announces Orwellian Pre-Crime Program

Here is a direct link to a document about predictive scanning of citizens for mental illness, written by William Barr the US Attorney General.

Alternatives To Zoom

Organizations with tons of resources to ethical tools:

More information about Micky Metts' Work

Platforms created by

Platforms created by with input from community members and other coops:


We build in the open and welcome people joining our repos!

Ring Doorbells are evil

Question: Is there an alternative that doesn't send your video to a company?
Daveed Answered: RaspberryPi with a Camera

Email Provider Information

Ultrasonic Tracking

Bluetooth Beacons

For Further Exploration

The Merchants of Cool - Douglas Rushkoff -- PBS Frontline Documentary

Polis-- a real-time system for gathering, analyzing and understanding what large groups of people think in their own words, enabled by advanced statistics and machine learning.[1]


A video of the workshop is available on the 2600 YouTube channel: