Recent revelations have confirmed what was once dismissed as conspiracy theory, that we are surveilled citizens unwittingly handing over vast amounts of personal data to the state and security services. The NSA, GCHQ and other government security services secretly collect and scan our personal information and correspondence for trigger words; from the overtly malevolent: ‘anthrax’, ‘assassination’ and ‘bomb’ to the seemingly benign: ‘pork’, ‘dock’ and ‘storm’.
Open Informant is a phone app and e-ink badge. The app searches your communications for these NSA trigger words and then sends text fragments containing these words to the badge for public display. Open Informant seeks to subvert the hegemony of state’s surveillance apparatus by allowing users to choose and openly display personal information that is otherwise covertly gathered without consent. Functioning as a visible protest of the undemocratic surveillance we live under, and acting as a provocation for action.
In line with its democratic spirit, all aspects of the badge’s design and construction are being made open for anyone to use and build upon:
For more information visit: http://www.superflux.in/work/openinformant