posted on Jun, 18 2013 @ 03:40 AM
Originally posted by XeroOne
I'm inclined to agree with the latter statement, but the ideal solution is a balance, and for people to exercise their power of choice. Where most
people fall down is their ignorance - they want all the latest shiny crap without making the effort to learn even the basic principles of how it
works. Internet users were generally more informed back in the 90s, especially in regards to things like ECHELON. They had to be, since mistakes could
prove costly on a dial-up connection - anyone could dial in and back out of your network interface, and you could listen to every call being made on
whatever line your modem was using. If you ever experienced that, it was bleeding obvious that intelligence agencies, sitting near the top of the
telecomms network, could also hear everything.
The old-school hackers and the three/four-letter agencies have evolved with the technology, and we could argue the real difference now is they're now
dealing with an uninformed/ignorant population. Get some creeps to build a few 'social networks', and you now have all the background info and the
means to profile everyone.
These days? Google+ demands your real name and cellphone number: you could just say 'Screw you, mate.' and refuse. That's Google's loss.
You could walk into a phone store, make an informed decision on which smartphone to buy (anything that lets you remove the battery, install yur own
software and doesn't force you to upload all your #), and give the checkout guy a false name and address. Again, it's Google's loss if people
started making an active choice.
We could make the choice of returning to old-style forums like this, instead of resigning ourselves to being sold out by a handful of Silicon Valley
Technology can be used to our benefit.
edit on 12-6-2013 by XeroOne because: (no reason given)
just to play devil's advocate, who's to say the people running ATS aren't creeps, and selling us out?
not that I'm saying they are, but what if?
you can never be too sure of anything these days.....case in point; up until this PRISM thing broke, nobody believed the NSA was getting information
from companies, even though there were MSM articles about google working with the NSA last year....and until a few days ago, nobody believed the NSA
was listening to domestic telephonic communications....
what was crazy tin hat stuff yesterday, is verified truth today....creepy times we live in, wouldn't you say?