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.

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! 😆


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

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