Posted on 15 November, 2012

Acrylic paintings of drones and servers by Daniel Rich, via the Peter Blum Gallery, and currently on show at the MFA Boston, reviewed here.

"We think it’s important to shine a light on how government actions could affect our users. When we first launched the Transparency Report in early 2010, there wasn’t much data out there about how governments sometimes hamper the free flow of information on the web. So we took our first step toward greater transparency by disclosing the number of government requests we received. At the time, we weren’t sure how things would look beyond that first snapshot, so we pledged to release numbers twice a year. Today we’re updating the Transparency Report with data about government requests from January to June 2012. This is the sixth time we’ve released this data, and one trend has become clear: Government surveillance is on the rise. As you can see from the graph below, government demands for user data have increased steadily since we first launched the Transparency Report. In the first half of 2012, there were 20,938 inquiries from government entities around the world. Those requests were for information about 34,614 accounts." 
Transparency Report: Government requests on the rise | Official Google Blog

"We think it’s important to shine a light on how government actions could affect our users. When we first launched the Transparency Report in early 2010, there wasn’t much data out there about how governments sometimes hamper the free flow of information on the web. So we took our first step toward greater transparency by disclosing the number of government requests we received. At the time, we weren’t sure how things would look beyond that first snapshot, so we pledged to release numbers twice a year. Today we’re updating the Transparency Report with data about government requests from January to June 2012. This is the sixth time we’ve released this data, and one trend has become clear: Government surveillance is on the rise. As you can see from the graph below, government demands for user data have increased steadily since we first launched the Transparency Report. In the first half of 2012, there were 20,938 inquiries from government entities around the world. Those requests were for information about 34,614 accounts." 

Transparency Report: Government requests on the rise | Official Google Blog

"This building, and others in the Bywater district, bears a steel marker cut by artist Erica Larkin that overlays the fading X-code precisely, so even as the paint fades, the symbol remains. In this way, the history of the building is recorded in a way that a historical plaque can never achieve. The affects of the flood may be repaired, and the demographics of the neighborhood may change. But the building is coded. Coded with both the specific meaning of the X-code, and the significance of a wall that is, forever, marked with the history it survived."
coded buildings | THE STATE on the X-code markings left by the Urban Search and Rescue teams after Hurricane Katrina, and elsewhere.

"This building, and others in the Bywater district, bears a steel marker cut by artist Erica Larkin that overlays the fading X-code precisely, so even as the paint fades, the symbol remains. In this way, the history of the building is recorded in a way that a historical plaque can never achieve. The affects of the flood may be repaired, and the demographics of the neighborhood may change. But the building is coded. Coded with both the specific meaning of the X-code, and the significance of a wall that is, forever, marked with the history it survived."

coded buildings | THE STATE on the X-code markings left by the Urban Search and Rescue teams after Hurricane Katrina, and elsewhere.