On the Technology of Repression and Control

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On the Technology of Repression and Control

By J.S

‘Science for the People’ Vol. 4, No. 4, July 1972, p. 31

OFF CONTROL is a project to investigate and disseminate information on the development and use of people-control technologies.

In addition to the wide spread development of new police weapons and surveillance methods a number of more subtle technologies ranging from computer data banks, photo I.D. cards, lie detector tests psychosurgery, drugs, and behavior modification technologies are being used or developed. These different technologies all have the function, directly or indirectly, of preserving the present political, social, and economic system in which we live. In their totality they present a sinister threat to the struggle for radical change in our society.

Project OFF CONTROL will bring together information on all these and other related technologies and analyze their use within the present political context. Much of this technology flourishes because of its acceptance by an uninformed and unconscious public. Project OFF CONTROL hopes to raise consciousness about the use of people-control technology. Many media forms will be used to provide resource and educational materials to teachers and to community and movements groups. Project OFF CONTROL hopes also to take an activist role in opposing the institutionalization of these dangerous repressive technologies.

OFF CONTROL is presently an infant. It needs information, it needs help. If you are interested or have suggestions, please write:

c/o Science for the People
9 Walden Street
Jamaica Plain, Mass. 02130 (Pat or Al)


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