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How to disappear in the digital age

Postby Rob Lister » Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:41 pm

https://www.wired.com/2009/11/ff_vanish2/
To eratliff@atavist.net
From Mike
Date Fri, Aug 21, 2009 1:47 AM
Subject Your Disappearance
I want you to know right now that this is not an attempt to track you down … I want to know firsthand from you, what is it like disappearing? How does it feel? Are you lonely? Do you miss life? Is it liberating to be free from everything? I ask these questions because the idea of leaving and starting a new life entertains me.

Long article but well worth the read.

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Re: How to disappear in the digital age

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:10 pm

Wired? :roll:
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Re: How to disappear in the digital age

Postby Bruce » Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:17 pm

When I flipped open my laptop and saw my private information spilling onto the Web, however, I got my first taste of a soon-to-be-permanent state of fitful anxiety. I’d signed up for it, of course. But actually living the new, paranoid reality felt different. Absurd ideas suddenly seemed plausible. They’d contacted my cat sitter; would they kidnap my cat?


Very interesting article. I'm making all kinds of mental notes about what not to do if I want to disappear. At the top of the list: don't sign up for a contest and dare the entire world to come find you. :shock:
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Re: How to disappear in the digital age

Postby Mentat » Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:48 pm

You're safe Bruce, nobody wants to find you anyways. :p
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Re: How to disappear in the digital age

Postby Bruce » Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:53 pm

Mentat wrote:You're safe Bruce, nobody wants to find you anyways. :p


For now, yes. I'm not hiding yet. :P

From the article, I enjoyed reading the author's first OH SHIT moment:

The morning after the soccer game, I caught a flight to Atlanta via Denver. After landing at Hartsfield Airport, I rushed off the jetway, a businessman in a hurry. Safely a few gates away, I opened my laptop for a routine check of the Wired blog. Headline: “Evan Ratliff will arrive in Atlanta in 5 minutes.” I slammed the laptop shut and took off.


Ratliff did a good job of keeping himself together and avoiding immediate capture. I would be pissing all over myself.
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Re: How to disappear in the digital age

Postby Doctor X » Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:07 pm

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Re: How to disappear in the digital age

Postby sparks » Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:34 am

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