Secrecy by Peter Galison & Robb Moss

Secrecy is a documentary by Peter Galison and Robb moss about “the vast, invisible world of government secrecy. By focusing on classified secrets, the government’s ability to put information out of sight if it would harm national security, Secrecy explores the tensions between our safety as a nation, and our ability to function as a democracy.”

Scapehood Protection Device Available For General Public

A woman wears a Scapehood protection device, developed and manufactured by ILC February 25, 2003 in Frederica, Delaware. ILC started making the Scapehood for the general public and protects against chemical warfare agents and biological, radiological, and nuclear inhalation particulates. The Scapehood comes in an adult size and smaller sizes for children and infants. It costs $199.00 per unit and is available over the company’s website. The following describes its top 10 features:


Workshop 5: Borderline Security Theatre by Andrew Clement

What is the future of airport security?

Andrew Clement (Professor of Information Studies, University 0f Toronto)
Borderline Security Theatre: Performing asymmetric risk with no-fly lists and biometric identification.

>Download Andre’s presentation: andrew-clement.ppt

Andrew is Computer Scientist originally, reformed one and now more interested in relationship between computer system, digital infrastructure, social organisation and issues that are implicated by these systems. Focusing on privacy, surveillance, the dark side of these infrastructures and positive ones.

How to address recurring atrocious uses of complex assemblage of digital uses. How can we imagine them being designed differently? Technology that is used within borders: tech development and political strategic rhetorical developments. Roberts talk of borders and Mexican borders. Andrew is from Canada, and will discuss border with US. + Canada. Not talking about physical fences but institutional and technological fences built over the past few years.

Summary: How the border is created in different places and moments.Ways in which formal governemnt processes are used and subverted in creating new borders.Biological and physical bodies. Imperative to tie your biomedical data to the records of you crossing the borders: biometric UK leading example of problematic issues surrounding ID cards.

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Safe living? Eradicate fear!

Japanese scientists at the University of Tokyo have genetically modified a mouse’s brain and removed their smell of fear enabling the mouse to happily interact with a cat! The resulting “delta-D” mutant mice were also able to discriminate other smells but “was not afraid of cat odours, and approached the cats without a sign of fear,” said Dr Ko Kobayakawa. This shows that this smell of fear response is not learned but hard wired into the mouse brain.

Read more at BBC and here and learn more about the research work of Dr Ko Kobayakawa here>

Distance, anxiety and built form

David Sibley – Geography, University of Leeds

I will talk about the anxieties associated with being ‘too near’ or ‘too distant’ from others. Drawing on modern re-workings of the psychoanalytic theories of Melanie Klein, I will suggest that some kinds of socio-spatial relations can be interpreted as manifestations of psychotic and depressive anxiety. Focusing on the problem of distantiation and the representation of others as shady stereotypes, I will discuss ways in which the built environment exacerbates psychotic anxiety and consider how we might counter psychotic tendencies through design.

Stab proof school uniforms + hoodies

slashresistant hoodie

A company called Bladerunners produce a range of protective fashion wear including hoodies and tshirts made from Kevlar, a slash resistant material used in protective gear for the police and security teams. In August a number of inner city schools commissioned the company to adapt school uniforms to be slash resistant in reaction to the number of knife crimes within and beyond the school grounds.

See BBC News article here>