Sunday, July 15, 2012

the price of freedom

An interesting article in last Friday’s NYTimes posits that the device in your bag or pocket is foremost, a kind of tracker.

Anytime your smartphone is on it’s pinging info “home” about your location and appointments, your bank balances and friends. Even the government and advertisers are watching us. Custom ads are everywhere.

Columbia law professor Eben Moglen observes “They see everything, they’re aware of our position, our relationship to other human beings and other robots [devices], they mediate an information stream around us.”

“It is a tracking device that happens to make calls. Let’s stop calling them phones. They are trackers.”
University of Pennsylvania computer science prof Matt Blaze believes you either shouldn’t have a cellphone or just accept that you’re living in a digital Panopticon.”

And people are accepting this to get digital services “free.”

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