Lately, the Twitter-guy and Facebook-guy (that brevity is explained in the episode) have made the rounds sooth-saying their user base. I never fell for it and thought it was pretty wasteful to travel around saying nothing substantive until it dawned on me that their words weren’t for my ears but to still regulator’s pens. Spoiler – So much stuff that I fail to cover all the ground I intended to cover today. Lots of Links to fill any gaps or continue research….
Not everything scales up well. Unpoliced social networks breed hate counter to the designers’ goals.
Righteous motivations steer massive entities to the strangest ends! A quick visit to add on to episode 34’s net neutrality with some new information that came in last night and a longer look at Google’s funny actions. The DOJ and Google both work to appeal to the base consumer but in different ways. Their individual and different-pointing tacks both find an appeal to the masses as the way to go with furthering knowledge of their quests. Google’s march on such grassroots like behavior strikes me as an oddity I can’t shake.
Although I can argue for and against Chrome’s ditching of privacy when moving from site to site, I’m exhausted at the prospect of having to switch browsers.
It’s a long journey that the great “we-all” have ahead, but watching Firehose API news trends shows that we may be moving in the right direction. It’s not giving anything away to say that privacy might benefit from the switches big data is making; we’re far from out of the woods and even farther from calculating middle ground or defending with certainty against scammers and big data thieves. But a silver lining does exist.
The news roll was hefty with privacy talk both for and against us. It’s a busy world right now and where privacy doesn’t exist the way it should, defenders are vigilant. And then there’s the privacy some wish they had, presidentially. Not something we’ll dwell on – there’s lots to pick up on and the time is right to know what’s happening all around our heads, behind our backs and what tools are adapting to be at our disposal.
Data, money and life are all in the balance from just a few stories so profound I keep coming back to them in Part 2. The ‘data’ is VPN related and ‘money’ is nothing short of some ambitious 21st Century Wild West electronic bank heist the FBI is hankering to stop in its tracks. The ‘life’ aspect is Bitcoin’s tumble up and down. The latest down, I discover at the end of the episode, claims lives as investors are left ‘holding the bag.’ Tragic, but part of the fabric in spreading caution.
We are setting ourselves up for a spectacular revolt. There’s a perfect storm of privacy and data and regulatory hijinx in the news right now. Were all three to become reality, the path would be paved with rose petals and the air perfumed for the ultimate background to the next dystopian YA novel. There would be no flying children and no talking animals because it would be real – it would be the oppressive and bleak noir laid out by current events. The only recourse? Kill Switches; datacide.
Easy to talk about getting together and publicizing things and griping about things, but what to focus on? Privacy is a White Elephant in the best of times and the definition is a moving target; it’s also intangible and has boundaries that shift from person to person. So, how about we get physical security into the vernacular? It’s a great idea. All high speed connections globally start where Firewalls can play and lead to Information that needs some amount of securing. Let’s take all the mystery out of it.
Not even the thrill of an inaugural podcast could dampen the professional writing of articles I turned to in this episode to support the underlying theme of Snakebite Cafe – people gotta know. You can know and do nothing or you can know and just do for yourself but the main way to know would be for the news media to wise up and remember that tech life is now human life; it belongs prominently in human interest stories, not stuck in geek corners and treated as pariah behavior.