In 2003, Artist Hasan Elahi created a website to document his location at all times. It’s still running today.
After returning to the Detroit airport from a trip overseas, American citizen and interdisciplary media artist Hasan Elahi was pulled aside by the FBI for what seemed like a random questioning. Scared by 9/11, the owners of the storage locker he kept in Tampa reported that “an Arab man” had fled on 9/12, leaving explosives in that locker.
It was soon determined that there were no explosives and Elahi was able to prove that he was at meetings on September 12th 2001. Even so, for the next few months, Elahi’s life involved dozens of interviews that culminated in 9 back to back polygraphs which finally cleared him. He explained that during the course of the interview process, his base survival instincts came to the surface- all he wanted was to make it through.
Even though he doubted the legality of the entire process, he didn’t hire a lawyer because he feared that any act of resistance would have him sent to Guantanmo. For another few months, every trip Elahi took, he’d call his FBI agent and give the routing so that he didn’t get detained along the way. Tired of living both a secret and an intruded life, Elahi decided that since he had nothing to hide, he would share his whereabouts not just with the FBI but with everyone.
So he hacked his cell phone into his tracking ankle bracelet which reports his movements and automatically documents them onto his website. The site also includes a series of photos of the airports he passes through, the meals he eats, the bathrooms he uses, etc. There is a chance that the photos could be digitally altered, but altering the amount of photos that Elahi puts up would require an entire team.
While Elahi’s willingness and ability to share almost every inch of his life seems impressive, I can’t help but think that there are dozens of other people who do the same thing on Facebook. To find out what Elahi is doing at this very moment, check out the source!