“For decades, the overriding objective of American business and government has been to remove friction from the tracking system, by linking networks, by speeding connections, by eliminating barriers. But friction is the only thing that has ever made privacy, let alone obscurity, possible. If there’s no friction, if we can all be profiled instantly and intimately, then there’s nothing to stop any of our neighbors from being targeted…”

nytimes.com/2019/10/02/magazin

@laura That's one of the lessons that post-Nazi western Germany learned - lots of divisions between the local, state, and federal organisations, lots of different, weakly interconnected data collections. Deliberately, not because the technology to run central pools didn't exist.

Mostly sacrificed to the god of optimization by now.

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"We still have a job to do" said one agent.

Sometimes, a job isn't worth doing.

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