Are you a meat popsicle? I recently saw an old quote from Mr Franklin:
Those willing to give up liberty for security deserve niether and will lose both. B. Franklin
It was completely out of any context at that moment, but it reminded me of a recent study on tracking people through their “smart” phone usage, and in particular, just how little information was needed to do it – unfortunately, I can’t re-find the particular article, but there are many more out there. There are also plenty on tracking different devices themselves – whether it be family or foe – do you really think that it is OK to track your children with their iphone (or whatever)?. Ah, and if you are lucky enough to be in some schools in the US, then they will also try and track your movements using RFIDs – not just at school! .. and then, there is the “rise of the drones”, a headline too beautiful to lose, whereby all this lovely war-tech will be brought home to make the people safe… if you couple this with the very advanced facial recognition that already exists, even outside of the “military”, it is not looking to good for liberty.
When it comes to phone/internet tracking, the problem with our brave new world, as many have pointed out, is that if you are not paying for a service, you are not the customer – you are the product! Perhaps the question should then be – Are you selling yourself too cheaply? As it turns out, it is a buyers market. “We” the people have very little power individually, hence we are forced to accept whatever the “service” providers “give” us. As for the Drone invasion, the only option that we have there is to get out on the streets and say NO, because once they are there, they are never going away. If you don’t think it will happen, remember, this is just an airborne extension of surveillance cameras that are already everywhere and look how well that’s working out.
Whenever I start thinking about this I keep getting this image of meat-popsicles wandering around in some sort of bizarre extension of Farmville (no, I don’t really know what that means either, but I can imagine), while people track their every move, their every thought or desire, who’s shopping where and for what and which meat-popsicles are talking together and perhaps planning the next revolution to bring down our evil overlords … or to go to the beach/football/theatre/dinner…
I am not going to start (just yet) a discussion on the impact on society that this is having, or will have, but it does raise some interesting questions. There is plenty one can do to minimise this problem, but it requires effort and awareness. Look around at what you can do, and THINK about what you do, because if you don’t, you can be sure that someone else is!
Some people are trying to argue that this is a necessary “evil”/inconvenience but that overall it is, or at least will be … I am not so convinced and it would appear that Ben Franklin wouldn’t be either.
So, do you feel more secure? What are you going to do about it?