Stop the snoops.
Back in 2000 I finally got around to reading a book I had heard about years before titled “The Puzzle Palace.” it covered the origin and workings of the National Security Agency. (NSA) At the time I wondered how much more they could do now with the new technology available to them.
Along comes 9-11 and we are firmly entrenched in a total surveillance state now. Our government has turned it’s eyes and ears inward encouraging a snitch culture through programs like “See Something, Say Something.” We now live in a reality where privacy is no longer a right in any context it would seem. Whether you’re browsing, emailing, texting, downloading or video chatting odds are someone is caching it all. We’re all suspects now.
I love my Mac but having a built in web cam pointed at me all day in light of current headlines is somewhat disconcerting. Whether it’s a .gov snoop or your garden variety voyeur who hack their way in means I want to block their view. Paranoid? I don’t think so, no more paranoid than this example.
The NSA uses high tech to access systems, but why get so complicated in defending yourself? I decided to take a more analog and artistic approach to cover my camera when not in use and I was inspired by a story my dad told me growing up called Kilroy.