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Spanish People use AR to Protest Against Anti-Citizens Law

Spanish People use AR to Protest Against Anti-Citizens Law

Augmented reality is seeping slowly and steadily in different spheres of our life. Earlier this technology was just considered a gimmick. However, it has come a long way and find its use in many areas, especially in retail and healthcare. Apart from that, you will find the use of this technology in education, real estate, media and more. However, now the technology has been used for an entirely new purpose. A protest group in Spain carried out an augmented reality protest for the first time. How was the protest carried out? Check out this post to know more about it.

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Protest Against “Citizen Security” Bills

The augmented reality remonstration was held by the activist group to protest against a set of “citizen security” bills which were passed in March. Some forms of protest are criminalized as per the new laws, like gathering in front of Parliament. There are other digital restrictions; for example, it is a crime to take or distribute “unauthorized” photographs of police and the person doing so will be fined 30,000 euro. Overall, the laws would develop 45 new violations which are mostly related to decreasing revolts in and around the country.

The new laws will be effective from 1st July, 2015, if they can get past the legal challenges of the nation and Europe.

In the protest, numerous holograms were sent to parade past the lower house of Spain’s parliament.

No Somos Delito, a Spanish word, when translated means We Are Not Crime, is the organization which has been protesting what they term as the country’s “gag law.” In that perspective, the hologram protest is the perfect choice. As per the new laws, people cannot rally down the streets themselves, so sending out virtual projections is both a protest and also a reminder of the protests which can no longer occur.

Holograms for Freedom

A microsite- hologramasporlalibertad.org was released by the group. The term means Holograms for Freedom. The site describes the opposition’s case against the law. It also includes a lengthy document depicting what the new laws would provide.

There is an introductory video of a woman who turns into a hologram and she says referring to the new law in Spain that “Ultimately, if you are a person, you won’t be allowed to express yourself freely. You will only be able to do it if you are a hologram.”

A spokesperson for the group said to El Mundo, the Spanish newspaper “Our protest with holograms is an irony. With the restrictions we’re suffering on our freedoms of association and peaceful assembly, the last option that will be left to us will be to protest through our holograms.”

This AR protest shows we can expect more such unconventional use of augmented reality in the near future.

What do you think?

Do you think augmented reality will find more use in different sectors? Do you know about any other unconventional use of this technology? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Image Source – hyperallergic.com

Article Source – fusion.net

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