For Immediate Release
August 14, 2017
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‘Watch’ For It . . .
7th Annual ‘Wave at Surveillance Day’ is August 16th

A.I. for surveillance is here. From Elon Musk’s OpenAI—a nonprofit institute for artificial intelligence ethics—to Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Now, to The Internet of Things, it’s clear. We have seen the future. And it is A.I.
Good, evil or amoral? Threatening or hopeful? Equalizing or racist and elitist? A.I. is whirling like a dervish Cloud few fully understand, sweeping up our data, our privacy and some believe, our future identities, as it goes.

For Zorbitor, digital impresario and pseudonymous privacy activist, what’s most interesting in all of this are human behaviors that defy rationality. When surveillance cameras are read by surveillance robots, when sousveillance watches the watchers in return, the day for recognition is at hand. This year on August 16th (the seventh annual International Wave at Surveillance Day) benign yet meaningful action, replicated on the same day worldwide, would be certain to give A.I. a run for its oh-so-rational money, Zorbitor believes. “It would be like asking SIRI what to name your lawn. Saluting that system with an internationally benign gesture, alone or in groups of wavers, shows awareness that surveillance is there, but more importantly, that sousveillance by human beings is alive and well. The day we stop doing that—the day we let that go—will be a sad one. The human element is something that cannot be replicated. Together wavers may well confound A.I., if only for a day, because hey, we’re only human, right?”

More on International Wave at Surveillance Day and a primer on the history of video surveillance appears on the event’s feature page at ‘Days of the Year’ at



August 10, 2016


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6th Annual Wave at Surveillance Day

“To Be Observed”



It’s no secret that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg covers his laptop camera and microphone jack, as reported by The New York Times on June 22nd. The paper also notes documents unveiled by Edward Snowden reveal that at least two National Security Agency programs are designed to ‘take over’ home computers.


Even more alarming, sousveillance has brought to light the often deadly acts of those officially tasked with watching over us. Security cameras. Bodycams. Dashcams. The tide of the watchman shows no sign of receding. For good or for evil? One is led to wonder: Surveillance. Is it our new moral compass?


August 16th will mark the world’s 6th annual Wave at Surveillance Day, a chance for the watched to reach out to the watchers both at home and in public venues.


When discussing last year’s event, futurist David Brin stated, ” . . . ‘waving’ is just the beginning of our determination to look back via ‘sousveillance.’”


Indeed, saluting your own laptop or phone on August 16th is just the beginning. Like Pokemon Go, observing Wave at Surveillance Day is more satisfying in an outdoor, communal setting. “It’s a teachable moment,” says Zorbitor, promoter and pseudonymous privacy activist. “Kids should be aware of surveillance and realize that only a few decades ago this kind of oversight existed only in science fiction. People were freer in a sense, but was that a positive thing? This is a good thing to talk about—a good question to ask. By contrast, today, our civilizations’ moral choices are being made in front of what might be termed the ‘all-seeing eye’. What does it mean for humanity to be recording its every moment? It’s worth slowing down, at least for one day, and considering it.”


The roots of Wave at Surveillance Day are murky but awareness and recognition are at its core. As The Daily Dot’s Aaron Sankin concluded about the event last year, “ . . . anything that gives everyday Internet users cause to think critically about their online footprint and how its security can be breached, is likely a positive for the overall health of the Web.”


For more information on Wave at Surveillance Day and the history of video surveillance itself, see the event’s feature page ‘Days of the Year’ at

As the entry says, “Wave! The more people doing it, the cheerier the world will be, if just for a moment!” (And look for Wave at Surveillance Day next year in Chase’s Calendar of Events 2017.)


“It’s really the act that counts,” stressed Motherboard columnist DJ Pangburn.


For further contemplation and inspiration, ‘wavists’ are invited to view this year’s Lulz Boat-themed video at Watch for guest cameos of Julian Assange, Barrett Brown, Chelsea Manning, Lauri Love and Edward Snowden!


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August 10, 2015 

“World’s Laziest Demonstration” Slated for August 16th


What Vice’s Motherboard heralded last year as, “The World’s Laziest Protest” will mark its 5th anniversary on August 16th this Sunday.  Last year a record number of demonstrators worldwide waved at security cameras and other surveillance equipment, many submitting photos and videos of themselves with supporting signage and clothing to pledge solidarity with the event.  Zorbitor urges Worldwide Waveday participants to wave at security devices when they’re ‘at home’ on August 16th, or as the highly referential video states, ‘at work and in between.’

Last year’s most notable Wave Day awareness participant was cultural anthropologist and visual artist Franziska Jentsch of from Berlin, Germany – the country where more security devices per capita have been installed and are reportedly active 24/7. Britain’s economy has constrained its surveillance despite outnumbering Germany’s per capita installations. This may change markedly in the future however. Cycles of surveillance, in Zorbitor’s view, are in flux. Citing  ‘rhythms of increase and decrease’, Zorbitor sees ‘dynamic symmetry’, or ‘self-similar growth patterns’ in surveillance which suggest that, with the insurgence of drone activity, Plato’s observation that, “The way down and the way up are one and the same” rings especially relevant under the knowing gaze of today’s world eyeball.

But just what is International Wave at Surveillance Day? Is each wave on August 16th a way of alerting ‘watchers’ that ‘we’ are watching back? Is it a borderless, nonviolent statement of mutual awareness and solidarity under our burgeoning ‘Big Bother’ social reality? Or is it simply all things to all people? Whatever it is, a record number of viewers of this year’s YouTube video on Zorbitor’s channel are sharing and discussing including noted scientist, futurist and author David Brin (The Postman, Existence, The Transparent Society).

Zorbitor has seen a rise in video viewers from the USA and the Phillippines this year while in years past support has been especially strong from both Germany, where Zorbitor’s video was banned in 2011, and from Orwell’s heavily surveilled Britain. Whatever is in store for this year’s demonstration, those gesturing at the ‘watchers’ on August 16th are sure to be catching a lazy wave.