Are These Human Rights Abuses Real Life of Black Mirror

No one does scarily realistic tech on TV like Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror team. Can you guess if these human rights violating technologies are from real life, or Black Mirror?

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Overly invasive technology can infringe on people’s right to liberty, security, freedom of thought, and to a family and private life. Would you recognise it in your own life?

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In Black Mirror’s ‘The Entire History of You,’ ‘Grain’ implants record everything that they do and can be played out either to yourself or to others on a screen.

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An implant which records everything a person sees, hears or does which can be replayed in front of others.

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg recently got into legal trouble due to huge data leaks which may have violated data protection, and therefore the right to privacy.

Social media technology which tracks what a person buys, likes, dislikes, does and says.

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Reports have suggested that China is using mass data collection, ranging from spending habits, the time people spend online, and other information in order to calculate a complex form of credit rating.

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Ratings for citizens based on their online habits and interactions with other people. Low-rated people suffer penalties for choosing a certain lifestyle.

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Real

Black Mirror

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Black Mirror’s ‘Shut up and Dance’ sees a teenager blackmailed into performing increasingly dangerous tasks (including robbing a bank) after his webcam was hacked. Thousands of cases have been recorded of people having their webcams hacked.

Hacking technology which can access a person’s webcam, violating their privacy.

Black Mirror

Real

Both

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The 2013 Snowden leaks showed various Western nations, led by the United States, engaging with a programme named ‘PRISM’ which could collect private data from platforms such as Google, Facebook, Apple, and Yahoo without a citizen’s consent.

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Mass state surveillance of citizens’ online website usage and private data.

Black Mirror

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Both

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In typical Black Mirror fashion, these could be implanted into a person’s head, allowing parents to track their children on a tablet and blur out real-life obscenity – which impedes the subjects’ freedom of thought and conscience.

A tracking implant controllable from a tablet computer.

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Both

Black Mirror

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In ‘Hang the DJ,’ people within a highly intelligent dating simulation are stripped of their human right to a family and private life as they cannot determine who they enter a relationship with.

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Technology which brings together romantic partners without their free will.

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Source: Rights Info

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Crimson Tazvinzwa

TEACHER & MEDIA TRAINER

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