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User Info Surveillance Capitalism?; entered at 2018-02-13 09:18:40
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Registered: 2010-10-01 Cary, NC
This is a much more dangerous situation than many of us realize. Personal information security is a matter of life and death.

I lived through the beginnings of the Shah's overthrow by the Ayatolla. It was a dark time with neighbor turning on neighbor and secret police everywhere looking for pro-Shah sentiments. If this tech existed then it would have been used to spy on everyone all the time. Let that sink in for a minute. How many people would have been executed for merely speaking their minds in the privacy of their own homes?

Now fast forward to today - these devices are cheap, already in your neighborhood (if not your own home) and the data is crunched autonomously. But they are so cool! I get to have a virtual assistant order crap for me without lifting a finger, the elderly can call out for help in time of need, etc. etc.

Now fast forward 25 years from now. These devices are everywhere. Like everywhere everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Everyone is accustomed to having them around and actually enjoy the benefits (& security?) they provide. And then someone like Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Ayatolla, Pot, Pinochet or similar comes along. How much worse would all of those have been if they had this technology?

Information privacy is the foundation of freedom and is as important as our right to bear arms. Without privacy it doesn't matter how many guns you have because if you can't communicate privately you can't organize resistance. You're dead in the water before you even step out your front door.
2018-02-13 09:18:40