August 15, 2013
You are tagged: The end of anonymity
"Once the friction of a process goes to zero, as is the case with software, the equations change completely."
Alistair Croll's superb April 12, 2013 piece didn't come to my attention until a couple days ago but it is well worth the couple minutes it takes to read it, no matter where you stand on the question of personal privacy in public places.
Bottom line: it doesn't matter where you stand — because you will be seen and you will be recorded and you will be cross-referenced by computer algorithms growing more powerful and ubiquitous every day.
Get used to it — or stay home.
Even that won't protect you.
The quote at the beginning of this post is a comment of Croll's in response to another comment on his April 12 essay.
When I featured it in a tweet, he responded "I wish I'd written that line in the original piece; sums up the issue rather well. Staircase comebacks and all that."
No worries: it's been noted.
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What Avogadro said.
Posted by: Flautist | Aug 15, 2013 4:01:12 PM
Nothing says that we have to accept this as the norm. If data collection is made by private-sector for-profit enterprises then laws and technology can be created to regulate and limit the objectionable practices. Encrypt data stored in the cloud. Restrict private application of facial recognition software. Provide for substantial actual and punitive damages together with private attorney's general jurisdiction with fees to dissuade the private profiteers by denying them their profits.
Government surveillance is another matter.
The founders of the United States strongly objected to King George III's use of the "Writ of Assistance" to search the personal property and papers of subjects on the sovereign's whim. This practice is included as one of the grievances against the King justfying the budding nation's Declaration of Independence.
If we have reached the point where the surveillance society is a requirement in a world beset with asymmetric warfare then we should amend the US Constitution to comport with reality.
Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Aug 15, 2013 3:08:59 PM
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