[-empyre-] digital cameras or surveilling data?

mez breeze netwurker at gmail.com
Thu Oct 31 12:26:46 EST 2013

On Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 8:49 AM, Timothy Conway Murray <tcm1 at cornell.edu>wrote:

> ...I'm thinking of the Wikileaks revelations and this weak's furor over
> the USA's scanning of the mobile phones of foreign leaders, etc.  It seems
> that the camera per se might be taking somewhat of a back seat to data,
> even though we acknowledge the growing avalanche of mobile cameras
> everywhere.

Hi Timothy, Malcolm, and all.

Just thought given Timothy's feedback above that there may be Empyre
members who may not have been aware that we've released #PRISOM, our
that was first shown via (and commissioned for) a Head-Mounted Display
setup during ISMAR2013?

A brief summary of the "game":
*"#PRISOM is designed to make players ponder the increasing global adoption
of PRISM <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRISM_%28surveillance_program%29>-like
surveillance technology<http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/08/nsa-better-data-collection-math/68490/>.
Every one of the “#WhatDoYouDo” scenarios that you’ll encounter when
playing the game stem from real-life scenarios, including the ongoing
unconstitutional treatment and [in some cases] incarceration of those keen
to expose the nature of heavily surveilled and overtly monitored societies
[think: Glenn Greenwald<http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/10/cpi-report-press-freedoms-obama>,
David Miranda<http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/laura-poitras-on-british-attacks-on-press-freedom-and-the-nsa-affair-a-918592.html>,
Laura Poitras<http://www.salon.com/2013/06/10/qa_with_laura_poitras_the_woman_behind_the_nsa_scoops/>,
Barrett Brown<http://www.digitaltrends.com/opinion/barrett-brown-link-sharing-illegal/>,
Jeremy Hammond<http://freejeremy.net/yours-in-struggle/statement-by-jeremy-hammond-on-sabus-sentencing/>,
WikiLeaks <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rXPrfnU3G0> and the Occupy
Edward Snowden <http://rt.com/news/snowden-nominated-nobel-peace-099/>,
LavaBit's <http://lavabit.com/> Owner Ladar
Chelsea Manning <http://www.privatemanning.org/learn-more/bradley-manning>,
and a multitude of others]**..."*

Our first review [which we're chuffed about] reads:
*"Thanks to #PRISOM, I am now successfully indoctrinated and prepared for
the total loss of my civil and personal rights and a life of continual
subservience. Seriously, this took a bit of navigation...but the payoff is
definitely worth it. The environment is easy to get into, especially with
the supporting audio, and once I got into the hang of what I was supposed
to do, and where to find the test stations, all went smoothly. I was
actually entranced by the whole experience, and felt that I just HAD to get
to the end. This is [a] most ambitious work...with a piece that delivers a
political message within the framework of a game that is actually no game
at all - it's the serious business of where do we all go from here. Nice
work. I hope this converts some minds. It should do."* - Alan Bigelow

If you're curious and want to know more, feel free to ask away. Otherwise
have a play here: http://prisom.me.

Mez Breeze

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