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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

We Must Stop Smiling Our Way Towards A Surveillance State

If you are not concerned with facial recognition and its related privacy issues because you believe you have nothing to hide, you NEED to read Steve Ranger’s article in ZDNet: https://www.zdnet.com/article/we-must-stop-smiling-our-way-towards-a-surveillance-state/.

“For sure, these technologies can have many benefits, from making it quicker to unlock your phone or recognising criminals in the street. But allowing these technologies to become pervasive without rigorous debate about the need for them, the effectiveness of them and their broader impact on society is deeply unwise and could leave us facing much bigger problems ahead.”

Categories: Current Affairs, Offline Privacy & Security, Online Privacy & Security

1 reply

  1. I just came across your blog, as I’m in the process of setting up my own – which is about truth-finding and social healing in Canada, yet also will be foregrounding my ongoing experiences of surveillance and harassment by intelligence agencies. It’s a long story, which I will get to.

    I’m including an email excerpt below that I circulated recently, which includes an article relating to facial recognition and surveillance. Unfortunately, we are already a totalitarian surveillance state – both in the U.S. and Canada. I have watched it evolve by leaps and bounds, since my own surveillance began in 1998.

    I urge you to take all precautions, because unfortunately, my efforts to expose the illegal activities that have happened to and around me often seem to be detrimental to others – to an extreme, sometimes.

    Here is my email excerpt (headline and subheading are from The Atlantic):

    “China’s Surveillance State Should Scare Everyone”
    – The country is perfecting a vast network of digital espionage as a means of social control—with implications for democracies worldwide.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/02/china-surveillance/552203/

    Like I said, we had to get from point A to B.

    While I was hollering about seemingly ‘impossible’ and ‘unlikely’ electronic and digital surveillance and harassment, particularly from 2000 to 2005 (and started a blog about it, raving like a madperson), social control has been growing by leaps and bounds, around the world.

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