If you’re wondering what authoritarian technology futures look like, here’s an example from North Cyprus. This is a message from The Information Technologies and Communication Authority telling me I can use my device (IMEI number sent in the clear in the text) for 90 days without registering it (something I first encountered in Turkey years ago). Also note, they took a copy of my passport while buying the prepaid SIM card (something they also do in Belgium).

The dystopian future is now.

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In France too, you have to give an ID to buy a prepaid Sim card... I think it's always been the case since cellphones exist. This is why I find it really annoying when online services require you to give a phone number if you want to register (like #Signal 😉): here a phone number is directly linked to your identity.
So what shocks me the most in your picture is the ministry's writing! 😆

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@polygoat Nope, it’s not the same everywhere (yet). But definitely heading that way in most places.

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