Johanna Faust, a mixed race Jew, prefers to publish pseudonymously. She is committed: first, to preventing war, ecological disaster, and nuclear apocalypse; last to not only fighting for personal privacy & the freedom of information, but, by representing herself as a soldier in that fight, to exhorting others to do the same. She is a poet, always. All these efforts find representation here: "ah, Mephistophelis" is so named after the last line of Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus, whose heretical success flouted the censor for a time.

Scary New Ways Big Brother Has Been Watching
- And Recording -

In fact, they have been recognizing you by mere snippet of voiceprint for some time now, and they are gearing up not only to record everything to search it later, but to search through what they have already been recording.  Go back and mine the data with new questions. Patterns mined from persons of interest are then used to find other persons of interest.  Pattern recognition includes slang and other linguistic codes learned from intercepted conversations.  These patterns are not limited to keywords; they interpret content.  They include time and place as well as inflection.  They do not have to be in English.  A live human being is not required for pattern recognition.  Did I mention voiceprint?  And don't get me started on GPS -- now that we see that your smartphone is smart enough to secretly record your coordinates continually for later retrieval by whomever has the backdoor key...

Remember: by the time wehear about a surveillance technology, or see it in action, it is already obsolete.  It has already been upgraded.  It would be an error to consider such planned leakages of information to be the measure of the strength of the Panopticon.

With that in mind please note that this dense, scary presentation, which diety Andy Müller-Maguhn subtitled "The Big Brother Services Industry and their tools,"
was given given on December 30th, 2009.

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From Andy's Introduction:

But hey, I warned you... last March.. (see  Your Private Life Will Suddenly Explode: Narus's 'Hone'). 

Be seeing you.


  1. We all being watched! Each day change your routine(e.g. change how you go from point A to point B)

  2. We must assume from now on we are being monitored at all times, for indeed we are. But let that not diminish nor lessen the intensity of any activity we discern we must undertake! Onward without fear!

  3. There is only one problem... what about identical twins? I know a couple of "sets" of them and over the phone, I cannot tell them apart.