Is it possible to escape from everyday surveillance? Writing for New York Magazine and inspired by Edward Snowden's leak of the NSA PRISM program, Kevin Roose spent a day trying to answer that question. As an added challenge, he chose not to flee into the wilderness, but instead to stay in San Francisco, using all the technology he'd normally use. To accomplish this, Roose used even more technology.
The fascinating part of Roose's preparation for a day without surveillance was just how much extra technology he needed to keep his regular gadgets from being snooped.
Recounting his experience of a day spent in the city, Roose highlights one of the more perplexing facts of modern surveillance: the ubiquity of smartphones makes avoiding cameras basically impossible.
Finally, reflecting on a day spent hiding, Roose get at the crux of the issue: actively hiding information is liable to draw more attention from the likes of the NSA.
There are two big takeaways from the day Roose spent hiding from cameras and cookies online. The first one is bad news for private citizens: So much data is collected all the time, it's almost impossible to avoid providing some tracking information.
The second lesson is a problem for government: a tremendous amount of data is collected, and hardly any of it is useful. Clever contractors and data-mining algorithms can sort through some of it. The NSA cannot, however, catch everything. A person who disguises what he or she is doing, not through encryption and camera-blocking, but by just behaving normally, can use the obscurity of being dull as a new kind of secrecy.
I use to believe that the government and the constitution was there to protect my privacy. I guess it's the same as when people use to believe the earth was flat. Someone makes a new discovery that just makes us say.... doh! what was I thinking???
Today's magic is tomorrow's technology.
When the USA went off the gold standard, the idealogy of the government serving people change to become the people serve the government with the government serving the rich.
Yes, it is possible.
At one time we lived in fairly small communities. Our neighbors and police knew us by name. The local store owners were our friends and relatives. How much more surveillance can it get now?
"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
~ Benjamin Franklin (1818)
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the government says "Its to help catch criminals and other things, we would never use them to SPY" well government lies people they do it all the time
I agree that so much data is collected all the time that it is almost impossible to not provide some tracking information, and also that is a lot of information to sift through...Still, you can take steps to protect your SMS texts, your phone calls - it is easy to encrypt these...And, not just to protect yourself from being monitored, but also to protect your data from being hacked. Here is an article about different ways to protect your mobile device and communications www.koolspan.com/blog/gcn-mobile-security-boom/