The Visible Man: An FBI Target Puts His Whole Life Online
mtippett | May 23, 2007 at 03:29 pmby
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For some time now I have been arguing that the best way to protect your digital identity (or identity in general) is to own your own story. Now Hasan Elahi is taking this approach to new heights:
Hasan Elahi whips out his Samsung Pocket PC phone and shows me how he's keeping himself out of Guantanamo. He swivels the camera lens around and snaps a picture of the Manhattan Starbucks where we're dinking coffee. Then he squints and pecks at the phone's touchscreen. "OK! It's uploading now," says the cheery, 35-year-old artist and Rutgers professor, whose bleached-blond hair complements his fluorescent-green pants. "It'll go public in a few seconds. "Sure enough, a moment later the shot appears on the front page of his Web site, TrackingTransience.net.
Elahi's site is the perfect alibi. Or an audacious art project. Or both.
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