== Those cop-cams... ==
...that I forecast in EARTH (1989) and in The Transparent Society, are arriving in a tsunami. Resulting in...
== ... and speaking of creepy... ==
Elites will have them. Elites will see us. Name a counter example across all of the annals of time. But that does not automatically mean Big Brother.
A woman in Monterey Calif. is alleged to have intercepted communications, including sensitive law enforcement communications, by means that included “spy software” that the defendant secretly installed on the mobile phone of a police officer. The information also alleges that during the same period she illegally possessed interception devices, namely spy software including Mobistealth, StealthGenie, and mSpy, knowing that the design of those products renders them primarily useful for the purpose of the surreptitious interception of wire, oral, and electronic communications. Clearly this is not the same thing as 2013’s milestone civil rights breakthrough declaring an absolute right of citizens to visually record their interactions with police. I am one of the biggest and earliest proponents of “sousveillance” to look back at authority for purposes of accountability. But do you think this is within the bounds of reasonable? Perhaps in that cooked county of movie lore.
== On Anonymity, Trolls and Sock Puppets ==
Will Wheaton comments about the need for methods to strip anonymity from online trolls: “Anonymous trolls have made the gaming community toxic — especially for women — and upended the industry at a time when the games we play are finally being recognized as the incredible works of art that they can be. While I don’t believe bad actors represent gaming culture’s mainstream, I feel sure they wouldn’t issue rape and death threats, or harass other gamers, if they would be held accountable for their actions.”
Again, my point about The Transparent Society. It is only pure-anonymity that lets bastards like this operate. (There are versions of pseudonymity that would be win-wins, letting us have all the good-liberating aspects of anonymity, while eliminating the worst; a huge business opportunity, for the right innovators.)
Again. Accountability is the light that sears most kinds of bad guys, whether they operate in criminality or in high places.
== Policy matters... and Misc Universe... ==
“This Tool Tells You When Governments Have Infected Your Computer…” To be honest, I’d be more wary of clicking on some blogged app that offers to check your computer for government spies. Anyone have some expertise on this to share in comments?
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