URME Paper Surveillance Mask
What is It?
Sold as a make-at-home kit, the URME Paper Mask is an entry level anti-surveillance device. Because not everyone will be able to afford $200 on the URME Personal Surveillance Identity Prosthetic, this paper mask was made as a cost effective means of providing protection to the public at large. Because we make sell our products at cost, meaning we make no profit, this device can be purchased for $1.00 + S&H or you can print from home for FREE. However, this mask can be used for more than as defense against surveillance. It is also a great way to build community.
Community? How so?
Great follow up question. Because this paper mask is our most affordable device, its likely that the majority of people using our products will be using this device in particular. As such, you might find someone walking down the street using this device and realize that you two have something in common. Furthermore part of our mission at URME Surveillance is to create a safe space where we can talk about how we feel about surveillance and how it affects us. One of the ways this is done is through social media. By using the #URMEMASK or by connecting with us through any of our social media outlets, you will be able to see pictures and video of other users using the max as well as read stories submited by others on our community page. Just check out some of these awesome URME Selfies on right.
Can this be used as a Protest or Activist Device?
I like how your thinking. YES, absolutely!!!. Here at URME Surveillance, we are not just concerned with protecting your identity, but helping you assert your right to voice opinion in public space with out fear of defamation. Ever feel like speaking out against something, but frightened there might be personal repercussions? Not a problem. Just wear my face instead. Are you party of a group that wants to protest, or want to stand up for a cause in your community? We have a kit for that. Go ahead and check out the URME Community Development Hacktivist Kit that are sold in bundles of 12 and 24 for 50% off!!!
WARNING: Some states and countries have anti-mask laws. Read up before you mask up by visiting our resource page
Who's Face am I Wearing?
Good Question. It belongs to artist Leo Selvaggio and founder of URME Surveillance. As an artist Leo has been interested in identity and how it can be thought of as data: highly manipulable, editable, and corruptible. In 2013 he applied this idea to surveillance, using his own identity as a guinne pig and realized its applications for the larger public. It was then that URME was born