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Spying on the Spies

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For decades I've been observing the progress of technology. In the balance of
power between the individual and large powerful organizations, it has not always
been clear to me which one benefis the most from new innovations.

The web has been good for individuals, at least initially. But the accumulation of
data that Google has about you dwarfs what Mastercard has been building up for
years. And the feds can get to it all if they really want to. Cellphones empower
people more than big organizations I think (unless you count that NSA wiretapping
bruhaha - and you should) Cars empower people. As do phones. And electricity.
And Benjamin Franklin's famous cast iron stove.

The millions of cameras around the world at traffic lights and 7-11s are a serious
privacy invasion, but now along comes an interesting new development that blurs
faces of the innocent
until a security problem has arisen. Then the unblurring
becomes an auditable event, providing a method for a The boss or magistrate could tell whether the monitor jockey wanted to see a robber's getaway, or a woman's legs.

Perhaps privacy is not dead entirely, as Scott McNealy is widely reported to
have quipped.

Curt runs a timesheet company in Austin.

Last updated: Jun 3, 2008




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