In response to the recent news reports about the National Security Agency’s surveillance program, President Barack Obama said today, “When it comes to telephone calls, nobody is listening to your telephone calls.” Instead, the government was just “sifting through this so-called metadata.” The Director of National Intelligence James Clapper made a similar
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The NSA got a FISA judge to order Verizon to turn over “all call detail records or ‘telephony metadata’ created by Verizon for communications between the United States and abroad” or “wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls.” The records include “metadata,” meaning the records show the phone numbers, call length and possibly location the calls were made, among lots of other helpful identifying information…”
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Disruptions: At Odds Over Privacy Challenges of Wearable Computing
By NICK BILTON
“Perhaps the best way to predict how society will react to so-called wearable computing devices is to read the Dr. Seuss children’s story “The Butter Battle Book.”
The book, which was published in 1984, is about two cultures at odds. On one side are the Zooks, who eat their bread with the buttered side down. In opposition are the Yooks, who eat their bread with the buttered side up. As the story progresses, their different views lead to an arms race and potentially an all-out war.
Well, the Zooks and the Yooks may have nothing on wearable computing fans, who are starting to sport devices that can record everything going on around them with a wink or subtle click, and the people who promise to confront violently anyone wearing one of these devices…”
I’ve seen business owners and personal contacts tarnish their reputations with a few words or a few clicks, not fully realizing the power of the digital world we now live in. Every picture you post, every status or page you like, and every update you share is essentially announcing to the world who you are, permanently.
The Internet wasn’t built with security in mind, and we’re still dealing with the consequences of that. The next generations are going to be the ones who pay the true cost of the design decisions we make today.
Today, the popular idea that our devices should fade into the background — exemplified by Google’s aim to get technology ‘out of the way’ via its Google Glass — is alarming. If technology becomes invisible to us, we risk losing sight of how it shapes us, for good and for ill.