Skip to comments.Can you disappear in surveillance Britain?
Posted on 04/17/2010 9:19:42 AM PDT by ventanax5
Back in January last year, David Bond packed a rucksack, kissed his pregnant wife Katie and toddler Ivy, climbed into his Toyota Prius and drove away from home. Nobody knew where he was going he didnt even know himself. One thing he was sure about was this: Im going to leave my life behind and disappear, he said.
A 38-year-old Oxford graduate with a solid if unspectacular career in media, Bond wasnt your typical runaway. But then, you might have said the same about Will Smith in Enemy of the State, or Robert Donat in The 39 Steps two of Bonds favourite films. For Katie, left alone with a toddler, his disappearance could not have come at a worse time. I had to juggle the childcare and work, she says, and I was seven and a half months pregnant.
Bond might never have thought of running away if hed not received a letter, some months earlier, informing him that his daughter was among 25 million Britons whose records had been lost by the Child Benefit Office, along with bank details and other private information.
(Excerpt) Read more at women.timesonline.co.uk ...
“Pretending to be Bond, they set up a new Facebook page, using the alias Phileas Fogg, and sent messages to his friends, suggesting that this was a way to keep in touch now that he was on the run. Two thirds of them got in contact. As a result, the investigators were able to crash parties and find out more about Bond in conversation.”
We’re letting it happen here, too.
I highly recommend that FReepers read the entire article.
Interesting, thought-provoking read. Thanks for posting it.
Yes, if your face happens to look like all those images we see of criminals’ faces blurred out for privacy’s sake.
i like the detail about the prius
So, can we hire the detectives to dig up the real scoop on Obama?
Terrifying how much government knows about us.
We need a new book, 2084. The government has gone beyond the book 1984.
The only good news for us is that the government is drowning in a vertual tsunami of information about us. If they want to go after a single individual or a group, they can nail you in short order. They have tons of information on you. But there is so much information to cull and process, they will never have the manpower to go after people in great numbers. They are drowning in information.
Our best chance for privacy is no longer anonymity, but to bury the government in so much virtual information, they simply get lost in it all.
Publicity stunt to help him sell his upcoming book.
If he had really wanted to disappear he sure wouldn’t have kept in touch with his wife.
PREGNANT WIFE...not permitted in UK (except for alternative religions). No wonder this guy fled...first, he married someone from the opposite sex, then got her pregnant IN WEDLOCK.
This guys is a damn VICTORIAN, he better scram.
(England today, by BobL)
This guys attempt was lame at best and copied the guy at wired who really did a terrific job.
David Bond seems rather kooky, but it’s a good article overall about disappearing in a surveillance state.
Got a link to the wired piece? Or a title, etc? Sounds interesting.
One of the best is a disguise that causes computer face recognition systems to see your eyes and chin in different places. Those are the two easiest changes to confuse computer systems. Changing hair color, length, facial hair, stance, jewelry, clothing styles, etc. also help a person to get lost.
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This has the making of a great “reality TV show.”
Sort of “Digital Mantracker.” The contestents get a short head start and have to stay in the 48 states. The winner will be the trackers who catch runners, and the runners who evade capture.
Put 100K or higher bounties on the runners, and you’ll get some motivated mantrackers. Do the same as a reward for runners who go uncaptured and you’ll get good runners.
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I’d take that challenge! Make it a 30 day challenge. Hell, make it a 1 year challenge.
It’d make a hell of a reality show.
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