Based on a series of interviews with members of the police force, education, and political activism, Peter Moskowitz of Fusion, theorises as to how the politically active of 2030 may be scrutinised by automated systems based on their online activity, and what this may mean for political freedom.
After watching you from the sky, scanning your face and license plate number, analyzing your tweets and Facebook connections, the cops decide you are a risk. So, like they did in Cleveland before the 2016 Republican National Convention, they stop by your house just to check in. The police can’t arrest you, because they can’t prove you’re conspiring to do something illegal. But they can still knock on your door.
Maybe it doesn’t mean that much to you. Social networks and credit card companies have been tracking what you buy for years; security cameras in building lobbies already know who your friends are. Perhaps you have just come to accept that the state will watch you too. And so when you answer the door you greet the cops respectfully, answer their questions about the protest, and then send them on their way.
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