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“For decades, the overriding objective of American business and government has been to remove friction from the tracking system, by linking networks, by speeding connections, by eliminating barriers. But friction is the only thing that has ever made privacy, let alone obscurity, possible. If there’s no friction, if we can all be profiled instantly and intimately, then there’s nothing to stop any of our neighbors from being targeted…”

nytimes.com/2019/10/02/magazin

@laura That's one of the lessons that post-Nazi western Germany learned - lots of divisions between the local, state, and federal organisations, lots of different, weakly interconnected data collections. Deliberately, not because the technology to run central pools didn't exist.

Mostly sacrificed to the god of optimization by now.

@galaxis @laura

"We still have a job to do" said one agent.

Sometimes, a job isn't worth doing.

@galaxis @laura Similarly I've heard a story about a Swedish(?) town who thought they'd make it easy for the citizenry by collecting extensive information on all of them.

They sung a very different song after the war, having been invaded by the germans.

@alcinnz @galaxis @laura Sweden was neutral during the war and was never invaded. The netherlands had a pretty good civil registry that listed things like religion. The Netherlands had one of the highest rates per capita of jewish citizens being murdered because of that (along with shared anti-semitism). Here is an article (dutch) about antifa resistance attacks on the civil registry: verzetsmuseum.org/jongeren/gew

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