After pur usual Casaa Update we moved right into the action.
Since Verey is from the U.K. and I am from the U.S. it's interesting to me that we discuss the differences and differing thoughts both governments seem to have about cyber attacks,privacy and surveillance.
And while there may be times when this is appropriate what Canada has done tying it in with a loss of a motor vehicle license is not always appropriate.
Verey and I then moved on to a topic near and dear to my heart,not because I love it but because I despise it and what it can do to us as a society. The idea that fully annonomized data can track us no matter what is scary and I believe most people are not aware of the connections that can be drawn by simple data points.
I am really saddened by the new electronic police state and how it affects innocent people at the border,nothing to hide = nothing to fear is the exact wrong idea to have in my opinion.
Then Verey,Margo and I began to talk about the absolute mess the interconnected home is for keeping your private life private,with metadata alone more can be gleaned from the traffic from your devices than you would think.
Then we moved right along to the War On Drugs,the first was just the beginning of many stories tonight but most told of this from different viewpoints.
The second story was devistating and put the first story in a different type of light.
We look into the heart of the machines and we build them but when they look at us what does the facial recognition see? Does that change how we interact,how we are seen by others,how humanity will treat other humans?
I know I may seem alarmist but what about the people who create these things,how do they feel?
I say it's a distopia because it really is but just how seriously should we take the insane things we see happening because in many ways they are funny but the effects could seriously effect our future.
To start off we had the CASAA update and then got right into the thick of things.
We've talked quite often on this show about the little losses of liberty that happen daily,constant video and audio surveillance,facial recognition,traffic shaping and yet nothing quite gets to the heart of it.
I got pretty shocked over this WANANCRY story as well.
One topic I have always found interesting is the right to be forgotten.It's my inderstanding that it;s codified into their data protection laws. The reason I bring that up is the reputation fixers we have in America. They do a very unusual job in so many at times unethical and illegal ways.
But once we shine some light in the dark places it looks as though at least some corporations are attemtping to help people protect themselves from the mass intrusion into the privacy and security of their computers and routers.
Many people don't feel as though the government is helping them or that the laws are upheld so they have no faith in anyone.I can't blame them for that but the ACLU is attempting to find out how so many of these things are allowed and that has to be hard work.
And although we focuse almost exclusively on America here it's far from the only country with the spying problem.Take Germany for instance what's happening there right now is horrifying.
I mentioned the ACLU before and their work to uncover various surveillance techniques by government but they are far from the only ones doing this work.EPIC is doing very good work to uncover many similar issues too.
the reality of how interconnected we are,how wrapped in the web of computers,phones,credit and debit cards and ubiquitous tracking programs is a state of the world today and it's not a very pleasant one.
But what is perhaps more disturbing is when all that data is tracked and somehow used against you,against your beliefs,your emotions and your logic and reason.
At some point you have to wonder with all of this information spread willingly by us are we giving up control of our lives and what exactly are we giving it to?
When an entire society loses control, over it's information,it's privacy,it's core structure of what it means to be human what then?