In the aftermath of the 9/11, the NSA created new IT systems to deal with the flood of information from emerging technologies, such as the Internet and mobile phones. In 2013, the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed its secret surveillance programme to the public. According to the leaked documents, the NSA intercepts the communications of over a billion people worldwide and tracks the movement of hundreds of millions of people using mobiles. In order to find the potentially "bad guys," the entire communication network had been filtered, including everyday messages of common people.
Naima is a design fiction project that speculates how the NSA might react to the whistleblower crisis. In Naima we explore what might happen if the NSA were to continue to surveille civilians but with a form of transparency.
Naima is surveillance commodified: Naima is an app that indicates your personal surveillance index by monitoring your smartphone activity. Now it's up to you whether you are willing to surrender and alter your daily actions to avoid risk of being surveilled.
"NAIMA — we secure your privacy.”