Thursday, February 01, 2007

French Big Brother Awards 2006

The French Big Brother Awards event that took place on 20 January 2007 has brought the exclusion from this competition of Mr. Sarkozy, for having already won three of the Orwell prizes during the last three years and thus by far outclassing his competitors. This year, the jury decided to eliminate Minister Sarkozy, the only personality having been nominated 6 times in 7 editions of the event, for multiple attacks to private life and for having actively promoted surveillance in general.
The organizers of the event, in creating the diplomas for the awards were inspired by a real picture of a fossil found in Niger in 2000, of the biggest crocodile that lived 110 million years ago, called by US palaeontologists, "Sarcosuchus imperator". The specialists considered that the reptile disappeared completely for not having intelligently foreseen the future and adapt. The organizers of the French Big Brother Awards considered that the resemblance with a present character was not fortuitous.
The winner of the State award was Jacques Lebrot, "security" sub-prefect of Seine-St-Denis for having deprived of jobs several thousand of people with police records created just on the basis of suspicion and discrimination, violating their right to the presumption of innocence.
Sony-BMG company took the enterprise award for its "rootkit", a spy software installed in the sold CDs in order to control the usage of the CD, ironically, by those who had became the rightful owners by buying the respective CD.
The Locality Orwell prize was given to Paul Anselin, Mayor of Ploërmel in Morbihan, for having installed more than 50 video-surveillance cameras in a locality with 9000 inhabitants and zero degree of delinquency and for the creation of a free number encouraging denunciations.
Orwell Novlang prize was awarded to Frédéric Péchenard, director of the Judiciary Police who supports the genetic filing of the entire population arguing that innocent persons could thus be rid of any suspicion.
The Voltaire prize for vigilance was taken, ex-aequo, by the school directors who have refused to fill in the children database (Base-eleves) and by Pierre Muller, the webmaster of (ex recul, for his work in showing why the electronic vote is a false good idea and a threat to democracy.
Big Brother Awards France (only in French, 20.01.2007)


Blogger Nino Leitner said...

There is a new documentary about video surveillance (CCTV) in Britain coming out, and this time, the topic will be covered in a more critical way. There's a trailer online:

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