Hidden Cameras Being Used to Measure and Manipulate Political Views Around the World


It is no longer controversial to say that the world depicted in the fictional creation Minority Report is now our reality.

Hidden Cameras Being Used to Measure and Manipulate Political Views Around the World

Many mainstream outlets have admitted as much with their coverage of a range of technologies which center around tracking consumers’ biometrics for targeted marketing, predictive policing, predictive health algorithms, and interactive programs that make the real world seem more like a virtual reality simulation.

However, a new application of Minority Report-style tracking and analysis is beginning to trouble even those who are in the business of data mining. A new field has emerged out of research and advancements made in the area of neuroscience (the study of the brain and nervous system) –  it is being dubbed Neuropolitics.

Among the digital billboards that are engaged in collecting data and tailoring marketing for many consumer products, many countries are beginning to use hidden facial recognition cameras within these billboards to capture the reactions of passersby.

It is believed by proponents that this technology is far more objective than traditional methods of voter study. Some detractors say that it is junk science, while others within the industry say that it is still largely taboo to use this type of data in the political realm.

“Imagine headlines in The Daily Mail or The Sun about brainwashing, lab rats and manipulation,” read a recent article about the techniques posted by Mediatel, which focuses on the British news media.

The top three market research companies in the world — Nielsen, Kantar and Ipsos — do conduct neuromarketing research for big brand names and are upfront about it. But all three said they had a policy of not doing this type of research for political clients.

It seems that the country to have first used this technology was Mexico in a 2012 campaign, and it continues today. Subsequently, campaigns in Poland, Turkey, and Colombia have gone on record with admissions of currently testing and employing these techniques. The following countries are listed as having pursued Neuropolitics in “limited ways” and/or intend to use the technology for upcoming campaigns:

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Costa Rica
  • El Salvador
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • United States

As one can quickly observe, this is not a list purely made up of totalitarian bogeymen that get top billing in Western press. In fact, within the United States, it has been revealed that Hillary Clinton and John McCain are among those who have engaged Neuropolitical consultants. According to the NYT, Hillary’s chief strategist declined comment when asked about any plan for using the technology in her 2016 campaign.

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