‘Surveillance society’: has technology at the US-Mexico border gone too far?

Private companies are helping the government build a virtual alternative to the physical wall, prompting an outcry

Palmer Luckey, the virtual reality pioneer, left Facebook in 2017, six months after it was discovered that he had secretly funded a pro-Trump campaign group dedicated to influencing the US election through “shitposting” and “meme magic”.

The 25-year-old Oculus founder now has a new venture, Anduril Industries, this time supporting Trump’s immigration policies directly through the creation of a surveillance system designed to detect unauthorised crossings of the Mexican border.

Related: US government to use facial recognition technology at Mexico border crossing

This is an example of the growing trend of authoritarian use of technology to track and stalk immigrant communities

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