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“Welcome to Privacy Club” by Annalee Newitz

09/03/2011

Welcome to Privacy Club. You cannot find Privacy Club on the internet.

Look for stencils on the sidewalks to find this week’s key to the encrypted directions β€” as usual, we’ve stashed them steganographically inside a photo posted in a 4Chan forum devoted to politicians having sex with donkeys.

You cannot bring your mobile to Privacy Club. While you are at Privacy Club, we ask you to find a reasonable thing for your phone to be doing so that it appears you have gone to a place other than this meeting. Leave it on your desk at work; send it out to lunch around the corner. You must walk to Privacy Club or take public transit. When you do, put on a hat and avoid heavy CCTV zones. If you normally wear makeup, don’t. If you normally wear business clothes, dress like a punk. If you normally dress like a punk, put on a tie.

If anybody finds out who we are or that we’ve met, you’ve just killed this cell of Privacy Club. See you there.”

FROM: No, technology is not going to destroy your privacy in the future


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