With the transition to a cashless society, millimeter wave body scanners, stop and search, WiFi and Bluetooth scanning by default, and G4S everywhere, the construction of the Dutch surveillance state seems to be on schedule for completion in time for the swearing in of prime minister Wilders in about ten year’s time.


How convenient for the corporations watching us, we can be traced every step.

And it's not limited to Schiphol, some time ago upon leaving a food truck festival (held in a public area), this sign explained to me I had been tracked unknowingly via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

@rik @aral Creepy. So I guess now we need a single button on the phone to toggle bluetooth and wifi on or off.

@bob @rik @aral It's called "Airplane Mode". Before you complain about cell operation, I'll just remind you that Cell towers track you as well.

@Deiru @bob @rik Wow, they do? I had no idea. How does that work? So, just so we’re clear, what you’re saying is the way we try and protect ourselves from surveillance is to switch off our devices and disconnect instead of complaining or trying to change the system? Do you have a manifesto or something somewhere that outlines this daring new vision? I’m champing at the bit to learn more about it.

@Deiru @bob @rik Sorry, just saw that your response was in reply to @bob’s and not a direct response to the criticism itself. I take it back if I misunderstood your intent.


@Deiru @bob @rik It just riles me up when I hear people utter some variant of “if you don’t like it, don’t use it” which is akin to the beloved fascist statement “love it or leave it”. No, we will and we do criticise, we will and we do resist and oppose, and we will and we do build alternatives and throughout all this, we will and we do keep using digital/networked technology and infrastructures instead of disconnecting & keeping quiet.

@aral @bob @rik I do not suggest to stop using the tech, but while we are solving this problem, I'd understand if some people would rather NOT use it, or at least know a way to stop doing it temporarily.
One part is resisting the system,
One part is changing it.
Both should be done, imo.

@aral @bob @rik Because all those tracking corporations and govt.s will not stop tracking just because they hear that some people are busy "solving" this.

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