DocLab Shorts 24 Nov at 19:45
A program of short stories that would never have existed without the internet.
Hasan Elahi’s self-tracking system constantly and publicly presents his exact location, activities, and other personal data.
After an erroneous tip-call into law enforcement authorities in 2002, Elahi was subjected to an intensive post-9/11 investigation by the FBI. After undergoing six months of interrogations and ultimately nine consecutive lie-detector tests, he was cleared of suspicions. After this harrowing experience, Elahi conceived “Tracking Transience” (trackingtransience.net), a self-tracking system that constantly and publicly presents his exact location, activities, and other personal data. Both a self-surveillance project and a critique of modern interrogation techniques, “Tracking Transience” also provides an ongoing alibi for Elahi, in case of future accusations.