Always on, always connected, that was the big ICT promise.
And it has been delivered.
Anywhere, Anyone, Anytime...
Sleep peacefully, big brother(hood) is guarding and watching you all....
...enemies of the State...
follows extract from excellent article...
by Rob Enderle who is a TechNewsWorld columnist and the principal analyst
for the Enderle Group, a consultancy that focuses on personal technology
products and trends.
Ending the US' Cyberwar Against Its Citizens
We have no reasonable expectation of privacy any more.
If our government doesn't monitor us, other governments, companies like Google, and criminal organizations will.
What we can do is make sure the information collected is used mostly to help us rather than to put us in jail.
We can also push for enough oversight so that the tool doesn't become a weapon against our own safety and happiness.
I'm into fixing problems -- in fact, for much of my life I've been employed as someone who is brought it to fix a difficult problem. I don't see much point in just complaining -- either try to fix it, ignore it, or move someplace where it doesn't affect you. (I'm also planning to move to Belize.) The current problem is that the U.S. appears to be conducting a cyberwar against it citizens.
The latest revelations are that U.S. intelligence organizations are actively monitoring our calls and the U.S. government is building a massive data mining facility that should be able to mine our call content. In a few very short years, the U.S. government will know about our affairs, our use of unapproved substances, when we speed, whether we have friends who are criminals, spies or terrorists, and not only when we break laws we mostly didn't know existed, but also whether we are likely to.
Given that members of both parties in Congress apparently haven't read or don't understand the Constitution, I find this particularly scary. If I were a politician doing this, I'd want gun control too, because really pissed-off armed citizens create an impressive revolution problem. However, were I a politician, I'd also start wondering how many questionable meetings with lobbyists, pages, and wives of other folks were being captured and eventually used to get me to support a bill or action I didn't believe in -- like oh, an even more invasive program of spying on my constituents and family.
I think these last two things have a lot to do with why Congress is a bit upset, but I worry that its fix may only take elected officials with enough power off the watch list and leave the rest of us on it. I'll focus on the U.S. government's war on U.S. citizens -- and how to fix it -- this week, and I'll close with my product/company of the week: BlackBerry, which makes the only smartphone currently designed to defend, at least partially, against unauthorized monitoring of our personal information.