Organization

Institute for Applied Autonomy

The Institute for Applied Autonomy was founded in 1998 as an anonymous collective of engineers, designers, artists and activists.

Countries:
United States of America
Link:
http://www.appliedautonomy.com/

The Institute for Applied Autonomy (IAA) was founded in 1998 as an anonymous collective of engineers, designers, artists and activists who are united by the cause of individual and collective self-determination. The group’s stated mission is to develop technologies that extend the autonomy of human activists in the performance of real-world, public acts of expression. Towards this end, the IAA has produced several projects that combine the proven tactics of street action with appropriated military and commercial strategies. The results have included: robots designed for high-speed graffiti deployment from a remote location; a web-based navigation service called iSee that allows users to avoid surveillance by providing them with the path of least surveillance; a cellphone text message broadcasting system called TXTmob, used as an organisational technology during several large-scale public events; and an inverse-surveillance system for monitoring the movements of CIA planes used to transport suspects for torture and interrogation.