Posts Tagged ‘Smart Phones’

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Your “Smart” phone is stupid as shit when it comes to security.

 

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This is an interesting indie film with some names that might stand out.  New technological pathways open up all sorts of avenues for bad behavior.  The film is done as an ensemble piece with about three major plotlines that intersect.

Director Henry Rubin, of Murderball fame, had some interesting things to say.  He’d never directed a narrative feature, as he was known for his documentary work.  When he planned out the cameras, he made sure to keep them as far back as possible so as not to intrude on the acting spaces.  The film uses long lenses primarily and has a voyeuristic feel to it, much like the pervasive Internet that connects these people.  Viewing it makes one a partner in crime, watching the intimate lives of people without their knowledge, or seeming consent.

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The film pits technological lives against real lives, and it climaxes in the realm of the real, removed and disconnected from that disconnecting force that is so pervasive.  Technology tends to pull people apart as much as it brings them together, with odd habits elevated to be new norms of behavior.

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The film flattened out just prior to the final act, and seemed to slow down to a near tedious level.  This didn’t last long, however, and it does tie up the various storylines.  It’s a stylish indie drama that asks us to reconsider our various fractured personalities and to reassess our online behaviors.

 

 

Generation douche…

The assaults are coming every day now, perhaps multiple times. US military industrial partner RAYTHEON is having a “RIOT” and you can see how they track your cell phone, your social media, your images, and can predict where to find you… for any and all unspecified reasons, by any and all customers who may find this sort of thing useful. These include the US government, foreign governments (dictatorships), corporations, organized crime, the “market” is wide open.

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 But Raytheon is not the only corporation in on the domestic surveillance game:

Google Moves to Destroy Online Anonymity

And “Homeland Security” (sic!) lets us know:

“Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that came out of DHS headquarters in November, Washington has the written permission to retain data on users of social media and online networking platforms.

Specifically, the DHS announced the NCO and its Office of Operations Coordination and Planning (OPS) can collect personal information from news anchors, journalists, reporters or anyone who may use “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.”

And military contractor General Dynamics is also in on the feeding frenzy (feeding on citizen’s civil liberties:

“Some of the more high profile and highly trafficked sites being monitored include the comments sections of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, the Huffington Post, the Drudge Report, Wired, and ABC News. In addition, social networking sites Facebook, MySpace and Twitter are being monitored. For the first time, the public not only has an idea who the DHS is pursuing with their surveillance and where, but what they are looking for as well. General Dynamics contract requires them to “[identify] media reports that reflect adversely on the U.S. Government, DHS, or prevent, protect, respond government activities.” The DHS also instructed General Dynamics to generate “reports on DHS, Components, and other Federal Agencies: positive and negative reports on FEMA, CIA, CBP, ICE, etc. as well as organizations outside the DHS.” In other words, the DHS wants to know who you are if you say anything critical about the government.”

Is there anyone left who disputes the techno-fascist police state?  Can any informed person deny the breathtaking scope of an out of control fascist system designed to track and squash political opponents?

The current fascist, hyper-nationalist propaganda relies on ignorance, an uneducated, gullible population too distracted to rub neurons together.  Anyone who can read, and has the self respect to stay informed about the important issues affecting us cannot blindly accept this monstrosity of an out of control, unaccountable police state, the likes of which Goebbels and Hitler could only dream.