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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Operation Deep Sweep

An interesting mixture of art and technology, not Ars Gratia Artis - art for the sake of art - but Ars Gratia Libertatis - art for the sake of freedom.
And it is the coin of freedom we shall pay governments to shield us from terrorism, which ironically was instigated by governments themselves.
(It is too conspiratorial by far to even think that the CIA placed an order with Osama bin Laden to fight the Soviet Union, and also ordered a side-order of world-wide terrorism to be used to undermine individual freedoms in the near future.)

Critical Engineering

The Deep Sweep is an aerospace probe scanning the otherwise out-of-reach signal space between land and stratosphere, with special interest placed in UAV/drone to satellite communication.
Taking the form of a high-altitude weather balloon, tiny embedded computer and RF equipment, The Deep Sweep project is being developed to function as a low-cost, aerial signal-intelligence (SIGINT) platform. Intended for assembly and deployment by public, it enables surveying and studying the vast and often secretive world of signal in our skies.

Two launches have been performed so far, from sites in Germany, landing in Poland and Belarus respectively.

We intend to make many more, in Europe and beyond.

The purpose seems to be to become aware of all the types of surveillance available under the Umbrella Corporation of security from terror, from hackers, from foreign states, whatever!

Copyright Umbrella Corporation
Veni, Vidi, Vinci

If you read further about Critical Engineering, you will come across things like this:
0. The Critical Engineer considers Engineering to be the most transformative language of our time, shaping the way we move, communicate and think. It is the work of the Critical Engineer to study and exploit this language, exposing its influence.
1. The Critical Engineer considers any technology depended upon to be both a challenge and a threat. The greater the dependence on a technology the greater the need to study and expose its inner workings, regardless of ownership or legal provision.
2. The Critical Engineer raises awareness that with each technological advance our techno-political literacy is challenged.
3. The Critical Engineer deconstructs and incites suspicion of rich user experiences...

If you do not like philosophical chatter, just skip over it. We all do it. We all chatter on about philosophies and our sacred "belief systems".  I mean, jiminy!, everyone needs some sort of reason to pop out of bed in the early morn and get to the workshop.
The proof is in the pudding.


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