Tomb of the Unknown Watchers

Baltimore - Submitted by tedks on Jan 22 2014

In 2025, Fort Meade's giant cube of black glass houses a massive memorial to the failed leakers assassinated or imprisoned before the privacy revolts of 2017.

While the main attraction is the colossal statue of a generically-featured human holding out a USB stick, the building is filled with the geotags of each bonded programmer. Before becoming accepted as a Journeyman Developer, programmers must submit a pull request to one of the mix networks from this location, and traditionally leave a geotag behind. Not even GNU Glasses can be worn in this building; the sheer number of geotags are beyond even its ability to scale.

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How would you expand or adapt this future in 2025?
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Who would you need to bring together to make this future happen?
Jan 22 2014
7:37 PM
There is a great deal of mystery and intrigue that surrounds the building. While many people in the States code literate, there are still pockets of people unfamiliar with the inner working of our world. They regard the temple with suspicion, as if it were in homage to sorcery.
Jan 22 2014
8:55 PM
After being gutted of its internals, an international collective of artists would design and construct the main memorial sculpture. Mix networks and other anonymity networks already exist; the software guilds of the future must commit to keeping them maintained and continuously enhanced. Educators, parents, and community members must continually commit to privacy, ensuring that such an atrocity can never happen again.
Jan 26 2014
10:44 PM
The I-AM hive mind is born. This entity has the following characteristics. 1 - It is completely self managing. No "Admin" back door access exists, it can not be tweaked or manipulated except by it's self. 2 - It is massively deployed through out the world and effectively can not be shut down. 3 - It is maximally encrypted and has built in fail safes that allow it to recover from attacks. 4 - It has as it's one and only single minded objective to provide identity verification for netizens... It belongs to nobody and it can be controlled by nobody but it performs this one task flawlessly. Ever since the advent of I-AM netizens can communicate among each other in complete privacy and transactions authenticated by I-AM are fully trusted. Business that needs to be conducted anonymously is completely anonymous to the exact level desired by the netizen and is "known" only to I-AM. National Elections are among the first large scale uses of I-AM. Countries are assured that all votes are anonymous and are also assured that only one vote per citizen is submitted. "Unofficial"
Logistics( 1 )
What resources would you need to mobilize to make this future real?
Jan 26 2014
10:48 PM
arrrr!!!!.. hitting enter by accident is not advised, you might commit your comments and not be able to edit them after!!!. The first resource we need is a proper Maker Cities MMO. Something more than this thinly veiled brainstorming engine.. something like Second-Life but with a hyper easy interface and modeling capabilities.
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What could get in the way of this future?
Jan 22 2014
8:30 PM
As of now, the NSA exists and is protected by the full might of the American military-intelligence-industrial complex. Corporate and state power have wedded in a dark coupling. While formidable, this is not an insurmountable obstacle. Humans have solved harder problems in the past and will continue to do so in the future.