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Shreds Of Evidence



When the Berlin Wall was being knocked down, East Germany's notorious secret police, the Stassi were in a panic over the thousands of files they had on individuals, revealing the depth of surveyance, and general unpleasant behaviour to the populace. So while bricks and mortar were being bashed in Berlin, vast filing cabinet contents of paper were being fed into a bank of voracious shredding machines. That got the faceless men and women off the hook - or so they thought. Unfortunately for them, and fortunately for justice, the bags of shredded files never made it to the incinerator.In what would previously have been an impossible task, now scanning equipment, and clever software, is piecing together the incriminating scraps to reveal the uncomfortable truths of Stassi history. The combination of flatbed scanning and similarity recognition programming is recreating much of the original paper work.It is estimated it will take six years to plough through some sixteen thousand bags of material, but even that is incredible when the scope of the task is considered.Definitely not one for a traditional cut and paste technique!