“The result of the normalization of precarization, however, is certainly not that we are currently living in an insecurity society; we still live in a security society, but it is one that has become governable through precarization. The state is not withdrawing from all formerly fundamental institutions of safeguarding. In neoliberalism, however, safeguarding no longer needs the extent of liberal welfare-state techniques of protection. Instead the state increasingly limits itself to discourses and practices of police and military safeguarding, which in turn increasingly operate with disciplinary control and surveillance techniques.” – The Precarious Minimum
“American technology companies should be free to comply directly with foreign government requests for data, as long as that access is warranted and meets international standards of due process and human rights. If America fails to allow such access, it will happen anyway in a brute and extralegal manner — and the result will be a less secure, less efficient Internet.” – Dark Clouds Over the Internet – NYTimes.com
“As Koolhaas’ talk progressed, he critiqued notions of livability, pleasant sloganeering, and innovation rhetoric as strategies on the part of governments and corporations for consolidating control and capital: “A new trinity is at work: traditional European values of liberty, equality, and fraternity have been replaced in the 21st century by comfort, security, and sustainability” – Mimi Zeiger asks why architects are silent on Ferguson
“Lord rebuke you for giving you that power and you abusing it.” I don’t know what happened before or after this, but the arrest-resist or police-resist video is a genre and the words exchanged in them are tense, immediate with implications for police accountability and bound to influence public opinion. The invocation of God is one of several strong appeals made to the officers in this video. The appeal to personal sacrifice (his service to military), appeal to patriotism (his nationality as an american), and an appeal to humanity (“you’re a man behind that badge”), these all assign agency to the officers. The appeal to God, however, disavows the officers’ agency, a kind of curse. I’m not sure where to go with this idea yet, but the presence of religious discourse in a video-recorded and in the heat of the moment challenge to power seems like something new or unique. It doesn’t justify violence in producing security – this isn’t militant radicalism. Rather – and it will be helpful to collect more of these kinds of videos – it appears to aim for justification in the recorded medium.
“Security concerns have catalyzed data-nationalization efforts, yet Castro, Chander, and Le all question the benefits, arguing that the security of data depends not on their location but on the sophistication of the defenses built around them.” – The End of the Internet?