While in Fort Worth, TX, I received the following TXT: It’s a police TXT asking for collaboration to locate a vehicle. Right after that, I entered a grocery store and there was a large screen that showed the faces and data of individuals seek by the police. It’s amazing that this TXT was sent to anybody who was in a particular area. Never mind privacy, permission, explanation… nothing. It’s about Jeremy Bentham’s XVIII century “Panopticon”, George Orwell’s 1949 “1984”, Foucault’s “eye-of-power” and 1977 “Discipline and Punish”… When the individual is reduced to either an enemy from which the truth must be concealed (#FreeManning #SupportSnowden) or an unwilling collaborator in a crusade in the name of “security” that stomps over any fundamental right (#helloNSA #PRISMisthenewECHELON), we owe it to ourselves to stand up and do something about it.
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According to Spanish law

web (emphasis mine): Information intermediary suppliers: Do not have an obligation to supervise the contents they host, transmit, or classify in a link directory, but must collaborate with public authorities when required to interrupt an IT service or take a content down. They are not, in principle, responsible for alien content they host, transmit, or give access to, but could incur in responsibility if they take an active participation in its ellaboration or, if knowing of a particular material being being illegal, do not act swiftly to take it down or prevent access to it.


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A few hours after the first email, I received this second one with a threat (again, translated by me; here is the original): Mr. Cortell: I can prove my identity and the defamatory content of the indicated page, as I said it has been notarized. I can also prove that this site is currently the subject of proceedings in the Courts of Barcelona, in which the prosecution has already ruled, appreciating criminal evidence.
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Today I received this email (it was in Spanish, I have translated it into English because that is the main language of this blog, and in order to give this issue the international coverage that it deserves – sorry for any translation mistake since I am not a lawyer and he writes like an old-fashioned one trying to sound intimidating; here is the original): Mr. Cortell: Currently I am suing Greg Prévôt in the Courts of Barcelona, author of a defamatory site which infringes upon my honor, whose link appears in which you administer, at the following address:
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[mudslide:picasa,0,111219615350942087056,5900883957501185345] The good weather means more outdoors. In NYC it means more “city”, but also “more things going on in the city”. This weekend we have walked a lot, and seen quite a few interesting things around town (caveat: I am no expert in NY, although Spanish newspaper Expansion interviewed me about it last week), like: A Chinese-Spanish cuisine restaurant (no, I have no desire to try it any time soon; there are many others higher on my list) Yoga in Bryant Park A looooooong line of police cars going by The Orly Genger art installation at Madison Sq.
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I started my 4th of July “celebrations” one day early, by visiting the Declaration of Independence & Bill of Rights, handwritten by Thomas Jefferson, exhibited for the first time together, at the NYPL. Just saw the Declaration of Independence & Bill of Rights handwritten by Thomas Jefferson (@ nypl w/ 3 others) [pic]: http://t.co/2MN26YxcrD — Jorge Cortell (@jorgecortell) July 3, 2013   Then, today (4th of July) I went to a protest to demand the restoration of the Fourth Amendment:
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On May 13th, on my way to a friend’s apartment, we stumbled upon the set of Ben Stiller’s new movie right outside the 125th St. subway exit. They were filming in the middle of the street. What struck me the most was that one of the façades of the building had been completely redone (cast, cement, wood, paint… it looked absolutely real and solid) for the film. Really? No building façade will do?
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Jorge Cortell

My blog in English

Serial entrepreneur (x8) and Art Curator - Founder & CEO, Kanteron Systems

Valencia (Spain)