I recently pointed to some articles about not so smart and too eager adoption of ‘smart’ technologies. Here is some more.
The accelerating stampede towards more and more electronic IDs around us is taking the turn to even worse. We got used to swiping our credit cards and ID barges, and recently the smartphones, for everything – from purchases to entrance into buildings and use of equipment (printers and photocopiers, etc. … – coffee anyone?).
But now they want to install chips under our skin.
Read the news article Office puts chips under staff’s skin on BBC Technology.
And it is not in North Korea. It is happening in… Sweden!
By the way, the technology of RFID (radio-frequency ID) chips, existed for quite a long time, and has been used for animal monitoring (pets, especially dogs and cats), and for prisoner/home arrest monitoring. Now, with the cloud computing and inter-networking of everything, some people see it it fit to install ID chips in people. First, “of course” – just for simplifying our interaction with the environment. What could come after that… think by yourself.
But even the first step is terribly wrong.
It will be the sure total end of human Privacy.
Everything you do and interact with will be recorded.
And who will own that data? One thing is sure – not you.
Why is that so bad?
If you have nothing to hide – what should you be afraid of?
This is actually a pretty old philosophical question.
But now, it becomes acutely relevant, it becomes a practical issue.
Mozilla Foundation (the makers of Firefox browser) have started a campaign for increasing awareness for privacy. They also note the common misconception: “But I have nothing to hide”.
The truth is we all have things we don’t want everyone to know about. It’s why we use passwords and PINs on our bank, email and social media accounts. For more, watch Glenn Greenwald’s TED Talk, “Why Privacy Matters.”
More about this issue in a subsequent post.