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August 13, 2014

This anti-privacy activist wants to film his own Truman Show

Programming professor wants money to broadcast his life for a year.

By Jimmy Nicholls

A programming professor from Arizona in the US is looking to raise $300,000 to enact a real life version of the Truman Show.

Noah Dyer of the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe wants to broadcast every second of his life for a whole year, while making the case that society should abandon its pursuit of privacy.

He said: "My observation is this – in most societies we recognise the right of people to keep secrets. But really there’s only one purpose for keeping secrets. Secrets exist to prevent other people from acting as they would if they had complete information.

"I believe that the type of government and society that will persevere while other forms of government fail and are replaced, is a government that does not recognise the right to privacy, but rather says that everyone in a society has the right to perfect information, so that they can act according to their own best interest."

The money raised will go to paying a team of eight people to help him film his life, as well as the bandwidth and equipment necessary to broadcast it 24 hours a day for free.

As well as cataloguing Dyer’s lectures, fitness regime and parenting, the project will show him going to the bathroom and having sex, with the professor also being an advocate for polyamory, the practice of having multiple open relationships at once.

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The Kickstarter campaign is set to close on September 1, and with only $153 of funding at the time of writing looks unlikely to go ahead.

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