The Emerging Communications Technologies fund contains projects which
use or address wireless communications and related technologies. This fund is
managed by Rick Prelinger, author of the first
comprehensive guide to scanner frequencies.
"Glass etching cream may be screenprinted onto glass, leaving behind an image that cannot be removed. Design a small device that contains a screen, a squeegee, and glass etching cream, then print intricate and beautiful anti-corporate messages on expensive plate glass windows. Owner will have to decide whether to spend huge to replace glass, or leave message up." (Sample design here.)
"Start company or inventors' collective which designs and markets gadgets and electronics to disrupt all manner of electronic device. (One product might be a short-radius EM jammer to disrupt cell phones, radios etc. within an immediate area.) Market the devices to teenagers. Use funds generated for more devices with the same purpose." (NOTE: One such device already exists, and requires only marketing for it to be fully effective. Sponsors are encouraged to visit www.eiu.org/experiments/i-bomb/ to offer support.)
"$2,000 needed to build a new 'Shopping Cart 2000'--a portable projection booth used to project culture jamming videos and films onto high rises. A test model has been built and implemented (click here for more information); the new model will be able to project a huge image, and will have an excellent sound system."
"Enations is a project in virtual community portal development based on the United Nations construct. Influenced partially by the CAE's concept of bodies without organs, we add also the concept of nations without borders. We feel that although corrupt the United Nations declarations are useful in supporting Human Rights--they just need to include a creative wing of the organization. In addition we are influenced by the Conferences on Art, Science and Spirituality. We are in the opening stage and seek assistance and collaboration with those who would support our mission."
"Create mid-air post-it notes that use GPS receivers and PDAs to tie a location to a piece of information on a web page and allow people to add to that information. People who have a similar device can walk into the location and retrieve the notes posted there. That way, you could post a note at the entrance to a company you hate, and anyone with the same device will get the same information from the location."
"Create and distribute a number of head-mounted computer devices similar to those used by the 'cyborgs' at the MIT Media Lab, that would track those cyborgs and report, via retinal monitor, on the MIT cyborgs' whereabouts and online activities."
"Create and distribute a product scanner that accesses a database and shows instantly the terrible practices involved in making the product scanned. In addition, the machine prints out a label customized to the product, that can be glued to the product's packaging on the spot." Note: preliminary work towards such a scanner can be found here. See also this page.
"Raise awareness of widespread data-warehousing in the digital economy by crippling Acxiom, one of the top data-warehousing corporations in the U.S., which stores and sells data on almost every household in the US. Begin by purchasing a large list of demographically and geographically targeted individuals from Acxiom (for about US$0.08 per individual). Next, send each person on the list a copy of his or her Acxiom file. Then, using the personal details purchased through Acxiom, remove each listed individual from the system through Acxiom's own 'opt-out' program."