I don´t feel exited when I open up the elit collections, but after postponing this post (the last post!) for too long I´ve finally found a piece that caught my attention. ScareMail Generator is a text generator that occurred after the National Security Agency were exposed and the public found out that they were spying on people all over the world. You can add ScareMail to your browser and it will make your emails ‘scary’ and therefore it disrupts NSAs surveillance.
I had to google NSA + surveillance + 2013 to get some background knowledge to understand why this elit piece got created. Google said that it exists 3 050 00 articles/pages with one or more of the keywords. The ones on the first page are all from 2013 and is about the surveillance on civilians.
The text looks like a normal clean email with many paragraphs and it switches between short/long sections. The content doesn’t make no sense, so I feel the need to read each section several times to get some sort of understanding. It’s important to pinpoint that the text isn’t made for humans to understand, the point is to confuse NSA’s surveillance systems.
The only multimodal element in this piece of elit is text and maybe some AI. There is coding behind the text that generates it and ensures that the text is different each time you click the button. The generator uses a Markov chain (a series consisting of different variables) to generate new texts that are unique but in the style of the intermediates. All the nouns and verbs within the text is swapped with ‘scary’ ones by using an NPL (neuro-linguistic programming) method.
I like this piece of elit because it’s quite relevant even today. There should be more focus on digital surveillance, people know too little and everyday people get pictures and information stolen from their phones, computers etc. From time to time it pops up a new article about people whose lost control over one or more nude pictures and they don´t know what to do about it. Some of the people hasn’t even shared the photo, but phones can be hacked. I´ve also heard stories about the police in Norway using surveillance on Facebook. If you write “illegal” words to many times they will start to watch the conversation in hopes of finding out if you are participating in something illegal like drugs. I never found out if the police actually acted as a ‘Big Brother’, but it´s something I´ve always had in the back of my head while chatting online. An the generator is a kind of demonstration showing NSA that it´s not okay to ‘stalk’ without reason, and that we see them.
Here is an example of text generated via the ScareMail Generator:
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I decided to try to make my own Twitter Bot as soon as we started on the Elit part of the course. Our teacher posted a link showing how to make a bot using Google Spreadsheets, and it only took about 30 ish minutes if you followed the instructions closely. This bot took random data from a separate sheet, and if I wanted to I could edit the data to “personalize” the tweets a bit more. I let the bot publish every hour to test if Twitter allowed the activity, and it did. My bot is still alive, but I got bored after some days and decided to test myself. Therefore I went on youtube to find a “how to” video about making bots. After hours of testing and failing I finally made a bot that published random numbers between 1 – 100.
To make this bot I had to download Node.js files, and packages (codes) from npmjs.com. I had to make sure that all the codes were written correctly, and that each folder were placed right. It took a lot of time since I didn’t understand what I was doing at first. I had to use Terminal to open folders and download the node.js files, and to start/stop the Bot from running. Finally I made a bot that Retweeted tweets with “#Netnarr”, but there is a lot of students making bots so my bot ended up retweeting bots.
The bots are a nice way to learn coding and to get a wider understanding of how it works and all the work behind it, but you need to invest the right amount of time into it. I don’t think I´m going to make more bots for now, but the knowledge I’ve gotten from this experience is wonderful.