Sociologist Kieran Healy does a nice job of explaining how even a data system that doesn't contain the actual content of conversations can be part of a very powerful surveillance state. Part parody and part demonstration, he uses information about organization membership roles in 18th-century Boston to pinpoint Paul Revere as a key player in a network of "traitors".

2 Responses to “In which Ye Olde Metadata Network tracks that traitor Paul Revere”

  1. fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

    We’d better slap a bag over his head and send him to Gibraltar, stat.

  2. CLamb says:

     He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance and track their every move.

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