Friday, February 04, 2011

Odd Ball Artist with a Very Creative Plan

Had a long talk with Hasan Elahi after his speech at LIFT11 in Geneva. He has an amazing story about how he decided to live in public after being detained by the FBI in Detroit on June 19th 2002 as a suspected terrorist. His challenge was that after it was clear he was nothing of the kind, how could he clear his name when he had not been formally charged. He decided to share (and send) so much data about his movements to the FBI that in fact he overloads them with (useless) data. It reminds me of the way that Western broadcasters would overload jamming systems in former Soviet Union. Give them what they need - and more besides.

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