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UNIVERSAL ISSUES / The role of utility meters in mass surveillance
Date of publication at Tlaxcala: 20/01/2020
Translations available: Italiano 

The role of utility meters in mass surveillance

Jerry Day

 

We are being told that the Internet of Things is supposed to be our future, everything is connected, everything is a data source. We are told this will make things more convenient somehow, maybe, but your convenience is not what the Internet of Things is being created for. The Internet of Things is being created in a way that things will be associated with your name. So by looking at what the things are doing, people can watch what you are doing.

The Internet of Things will be a living, digital organism where you can be found any time of day, watched, identified, and treated like a voluntary member of this new massive database in the sky. Of course, the Internet of Things is a way for government to assure itself that your behavior is not in any way a threat to anyone in government or, if it is, to enable them to quickly pay you a visit in a forceful way. The Internet of Things will produce more data about you than has ever been collected, and the more data they have on you, the more they can take your stuff from you, the more they can do to you.

To many people this is an abstract concept, the harvesting of data, and then using that data to track you, control you, and take your money one way or another. It is called monetization of data. People don’t spy on you for fun, they spy on you for money. Your money. I am going to show you something that will make this concept a lot less abstract. You may not mind being constantly tracked and identified when you are at work, out shopping, or moving around town, but the Internet of Things is coming in to your home, so that everything you do in your most private places becomes a database for someone else.

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Courtesy of Crime&Power
Source: https://www.crimeandpower.com/2019/12/18/the-role-of-utility-meters-in-mass-surveillance/
Publication date of original article: 18/12/2019
URL of this page : http://www.tlaxcala-int.org/article.asp?reference=27907

 

Tags: Mass surveillanceInternetPrivacy
 

 
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