Few pause to consider the physical aspect of that last type of data collection: The government taps hundreds of cables that snake across the ocean floor, carrying data around the world. Artist Trevor Paglen reveals some of those cables in a recent series, offering a visual reminder of how vulnerable your data is, and Cabld easily it is accessed.
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Security and Nea fascinates Paglen, who has spent 10 years photographing everything from so-called "black sites" to spy satellites. Among the many things Snowden disclosed was the fact the NSA and others tap these undersea cables.
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Paglen spent two years studying the leaked data, cross-checking it with information gleaned from telecom documents, maritime charts, and topographical maps. It required a bit of detective work to sort it all out, because the agency often uses codewords.
Once he had a sense of where these cables came ashore, Paglen had to photograph them. That meant learning scuba diving.
He took a class in Berlin in the spring offlew to Florida for a certification course, and was diving off the coast of Miami Beach the next day. He found the cable within Maids having sex York, exactly where his research indicated he would. He photographed 10 cables off the coast of Florida, Hawaii, and Guam during more than 30 dives for the ongoing project, which includes large-format Nsa 25 Cable Beach 25 of where those cables come ashore.
He also creates collages of maps and documents linking those cables to NSA surveillance, providing a multi-media overview of government snooping.
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