Chris Riley and Jochai Ben-Avie:
Once we accept the principle that the government has a right to force records to be held onto so they can effectively go into the past, where does that stop? What's the limit? Or are we paving the way to a world where nothing can be deleted just in case the government might want to look at it?
So many things these days are made to look at later. Why not just have the experience and remember it?
Anna Slomovic, lead research scientist at the Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute at George Washington University and a former chief privacy officer at Equifax and Revolution Health:
All of a sudden, everything you do and everything you eat, depending on which bits of the information they collect, is sitting in someone's database.
A Very Convincing Sales Man:
Noooooo problem ... don't worry about privacy ... privacy is dead ... there's no privacy ... just more databases ... that's what you want ... that's what you NEED ...
WCSH-TV, via Portland Press Herald:
Police departments in midcoast and northern Maine said they have paid ransom to hackers to keep their computer files from being destroyed.
It seems probable that cops would be less likely to abuse their authority if they were being tracked. But I've been surprised by how many people don't see the downside to this policy. Most people don't even seem to recognize the damage these cameras will do both to police-civilian relations and to privacy.
The fact that parts of our government wanted to kill, without a trial, a citizen who, even if convicted, will face a maximum of fifteen years in prison, illustrates the dramatic divide between the military and law enforcement models for addressing terrorism. Remote-control killing without trial away from battlefields should be disturbing regardless of the passport the victim holds.
The most powerful way to represent power has always been to refuse to represent it. The way to show that something is truly powerful is to hide it, to render it invisible, ineffable, unknowable, utterly featureless and abstract.
Does your home have an airplane mode?