Legacy, 2018

Participating as a data collector in a totalitarian system was a demonstration of faith in the idea of communism and, therefore, 'progress' and the accompanying belief that the former GDR was a legitimate alternative to the West. By being proactive and obedient, 'nor-mal' citizens, they legitimised the government's surveillance programme and participated in creating a culture of fear and intimidation which damaged the lives of countless numbers of their fellow citizens.

According to Edward Snowden revelations about the NSA's mass surveillance programme in 2013, it has taken the NSA just a decade to collect an estimated billion times as much data as the Stasi amassed in nearly half a century. Snowden’s disclosures have fuelled debates over mass surveillance, government secrecy, and the balance between national security and information privacy.

self published in the book Under Surveillance, 2019