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Cory Doctorow

Journeyman Pictures' short documentary "Naked Citizens" is an absolutely terrifying and amazing must-see glimpse of the modern security state, and the ways in which it automatically ascribes guilt to people based on algorithmic inferences, and, having done so, conducts such far-reaching surveillance into its victims' lives that the lack of anything incriminating is treated of proof of being a criminal mastermind:

"I woke up to pounding on my door", says Andrej Holm, a sociologist from the Humboldt University. In what felt like a scene from a movie, he was taken from his Berlin home by armed men after a systematic monitoring of his academic research deemed him the probable leader of a militant group. After 30 days in solitary confinement, he was released without charges. Across Western Europe and the USA, surveillance of civilians has become a major business. With one camera for every 14 people in London and drones being used by police to track individuals, the threat of living in a Big Brother state is becoming a reality. At an annual conference of hackers, keynote speaker Jacob Appelbaum asserts, "to be free of suspicion is the most important right to be truly free". But with most people having a limited understanding of this world of cyber surveillance and how to protect ourselves, are our basic freedoms already being lost?

World - Naked Citizens (Thanks, Dan!)     

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Features and Essays – Michael Christopher Brown: China (Burn: July 2010)

Features and Essays - Paolo Pellegrin: Storm (Magnum Photos: July 2010) Pellgrin’s new book: Storm

Features and Essays – Stuart Franklin:  Life in Grand Isle after the BP oil spill (Guardian: July 2010) The Magnum photographer Stuart Franklin visits Louisiana where the Grand Isle community is dealing with the aftermath of the spill.

Features and Essays – Paulo Jorge Ferreira Montero: Profound Azores (Visura Spotlight: July 2010)

Features and Essays – Taryn Simon: Contraband (New York Times Magazine: July 2010) These images are from a set of 1,075 photographs — shot over five days last year for the book and exhibition, ‘‘Contraband’’ — of items detained or seized from passengers or express mail entering the United States from abroad at the New York airport. The miscellany of prohibited objects — from the everyday to the illegal to the just plain odd — attests to a growing worldwide traffic in counterfeit goods and natural exotica and offers a snapshot of the United States as seen through its illicit material needs and desires.

Features and Essays - Matthew Niederhauser: Beijing Continues Its March of Modernization (NYT: July 2010)

Features and Essays – Martine Franck: Women (Nowness: 2010)

Interviews - Matthew Niederhauser Matthew shoots his first video for the New York Times on a 5DmkII (DLSR News Shooter.com: 2010)

Articles – BJP: University students address children photography conundrum (BJP: July 2010) Amid the rising “paranoia surrounding the laws of photographing children in today’s society,” two Kingston University photography students have reproduced traditional school photographs with one twist – all the pupils have their backs to the camera

Articles - NYT Lens: ‘Step Away From the Camera!’ (NYT Lens: July 2010)

Facebook - FB page for Alixandra Fazzina’s book A Million Shillings – Escape from Somalia (FB: 2010)

Photographers – Pierre Marsaut got in touch to inform that he has a new website here

Blogs - 1000 Words Blog: Payback 2010 (1000 Words Blog: July 2010) Every photographers deserves Payback

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