” That rifle hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or labourer’s cottage is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.”
” In light of the PRISM revelation and the government’s collaboration with private industry in its efforts to collect data, we find ourselves thinking about literary master George Orwell, author of such dystopian achievements as “Animal Farm” and “1984.” The more we think about Orwell’s writings, the more we wonder if he saw all of this coming. Here are three examples that prove he did.
1. Big Brother Is Watching You
This line is uttered all throughout “1984″ and refers to the all-seeing, all-knowing entity that dominates the minds of Oceania’s populace, where 1984 takes place. If the PRISM revelation is any indication, Big Brother certainly is watching us.”
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face, forever.”
” A federal judge made a ruling this week that has a decidedly Orwellian touch to it.
US District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled on Tuesday that the San Antonio Northside School District can require that its students wear devices with RFID locator chips embedded in them while on school premises. The decision has raised privacy concerns among conservative and liberal privacy-rights groups.
The saga began when 15-year-old magnet school student Andrea Hernandez refused to wear the device while attending Jay High School. School officials expelled the sophomore for not complying with the rule that is required of all students on campus. The case ended up before Garcia who also refused to block the student’s expulsion pending review by the courts.
The Rutherford Institute of Virginia represented the student in federal court. The institute said that the ruling was clearly in violation of the student’s privacy rights and it would appeal the decision.
“We don’t want to see this kind of intrusive surveillance infrastructure gain inroads into our culture,” ACLU senior policy analyst Jay Stanley said. “We should not be teaching our children to accept such an intrusive surveillance technology,” said Stanley, according to Reuters. “
” After a student protested a pilot RFID tracking system in San Antonio, lawyers are now moving to stop expulsion.
John Jay High School sophomore Andrea Hernandez was expelled from her high school after protesting against a new pilot program which tracks the precise location of all attending 4,200 students at Anson Jones Middle School and John Jay High School, according to Infowars.
Under the “Smart ID” program, ID badges have been issued with a tracking chip, which students must wear when attending school. The school badges, worn like a necklace, contain a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip and links to their social security number. This allows the school to track the student’s location after leaving campus and for as long as the badge is on the student’s person.
The scheme is now in full swing and all students must wear it, according to a letter sent by the school district to the student’s parents and made public. The notice says:
“This “smart” ID card will transmit location information of students to electronic readers which are installed throughout the campus. This is so that we always know where the students are in the building.
After all, parents, you expect school staff to always know where your children are during the school day.” “