Even Big Brother can be cool

At first I thought this was really cool: an app that searches the Twitterstream for tweets with the words “just landed in” and compares the geodata in them with the reported home location of the user to make a fascinating graphic over air travel.

A screenshot of the app

A screenshot of the app

It doesn’t have that much of a practical use, but it shows the amazing possibilities of information technology. This was made by one person in a matter of hours.

On second thought, however, it also says something about the amount of information we are constantly putting out there, ready to be usde by anyone with the skills and interest to do it. The interest group with the interesting name Cryptohippie have just released their annual report on electronic police states (read it here), where they rank countries after the amount of information governments gather about their citizens. Spooky stuff, check out their map:

Red: police state, orange: strongly developing police state, yellow: lagging (but developing) police state, green: not so bad

Red: police state, orange: strongly developing police state, yellow: lagging (but developing) police state, green: not so bad

There is much to be said on their measurments, and they don’t provide any background information on this, but it’s still a bit spooky. Especially since I live in an orange country…

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