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.

Translation of mentioned SMS message (attached image):
Your device with 3...9 IMEI number is not registered and you can use this device for 90 days only with 5...7 phone number. 90 days limitation for your devices will be renewed every calendar year. For more information on registering your device, please call BTHK (Information and Communication Technologies Authority) at 0392 444 2845.


@murtezayesil Thanks; I didn’t have the patience to translate it :)

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