Today is National Unplug Day, a day wothout technology. And I found that out via the internet…
Maybe we’re looking at this wrong. Maybe what we should do is take Huxley’s advice and flood the NSA with so much information, with some being real and some being fake, that it would be too expensive and to confusing to actually sort through all of our data.
We should all buy multiple cell phones and have one video call the other and just throw them in taxis and have them roam cities, endlessly. The amount of data that would pour in would be staggering and the amount of useless junk data would be paralyzing. Even worse, having a single person’s meta-data register them in 2, 5, even 10 different locations at one time would confuse and debase the system.
Maybe tech exists out there that we don’t have to physically do this. Maybe this can all be done by algorithm.
This is probably a great InfoSec start-up idea, probably worth millions if not billions if you did it right.
The future of tech-security isn’t preventing people from accessing your devices and your information. It’s too late for this, the technology is already out there and to pile on to that, we willingly make information available and even give it way in exchange for goods and services.
Perhaps the future of security is creating hundreds or thousands of decoy data-sets to mask all of your own information so that only you and those you chose are able to sort through, decipher and pinpoint what is accurate and what is a decoy.
And the answer to his question is “Government Intervention”.
This is actually a great article and it outlines the idea, that both Thiel and I share, that government intervention (such as hampering the internet, curtailing technology like bitcoin or stem cells, etc) has caused a retardation in the growth and progress of technology and since technology hasn’t been growing as fast as it can, there’s been very limited investment opportunities.
If there are limited investment opportunities, then companies, investors and banks generally invest less and wait around more. The longer they wait, the more capital/credit piles up and the more money and willing investors there are for the limited opportunities. Eventually, credit freezes up and you get the capital crunch, which brings about a recession and worse.
Thiel also points out that the central bankers are depending on tech growth to drive the willingness of investors to put more capital out into the market for use, which in turn helps turn the gears of the economy.
If there’s not enough growth, there’s not enough investment and if there’s not enough investment, there’s economic turmoil. And all of this comes down to government interfering with the innovations and growth of technology.
Well, first, I don’t think it’s ignorant to think we can’t stop it. I’m not convinced we can’t just because it’s common….
You can’t stop it because people want it. They don’t like “government” doing it, but they are all for “free” services in exchange for data. People love Google. People love Pandora. People love Facebook.
As they say, the market is what the market is. The market is willing to exchange private data for these services. I’m just advocating for the ability to break the “all or nothing” cost of these services and let’s start spending our data wisely.
I think my opinions on ‘surveillance’ has evolved over the last few months.
I no longer think it’s possible to fight the implementation of surveillance, data mining, cctv, etc. I think that these forces are beyond fighting, they are already in place. From cameras at the liquor store to GPS data on your phone to meta data captured by cookies in a search engine or your favorite online store all the way down to the NSA and the evils that they participate in.
Everyone is monitoring you, at various degrees and for various purposes. You’re not going to convince them to stop. Not at this point. It’s ignorant to think we can.
What we can do, however, is concentrate our efforts on building defenses. If you can’t destroy the enemy, learn how to isolate them. We can use encryption, shield ourselves and our information, learn who is collecting what and limit it to only what we want to share.
Our information is a currency. Websites and apps exchange goods and services with us for the right to collect that data, yet we never really have control over how much we pay them and with what information.
I’ve read that our private data is worth about $500 worth of revenue a year to Google. Why not have the ability to opt out and pay Google? Or partially pay with a mixture of money and data (bitcoin and data, for you crypto-anarchists). Wouldn’t that be ideal?
Depending on how you view the world, society has either already won or lost the war for surveillance. Perhaps we can get something in return during the peace negotiations.
If companies and people are going to collect your private data and you’re willing to give your private data, let’s start by putting a price on things and selling what we want to be public and shielding what we don’t want to be public.
Your information would essentially be money in the bank. You can set prices on different levels or amounts of information. You can choose to pay a certain price for an item or turn it down. But you will always know what information you’re giving out to what site.
For example, you log into Gmail with your Info Account and Gmail requests a payment of your last month of shopping history (or an equal value worth of data). You can either agree or turn it down, but you always know what information they want and what information they will have.
If this already exists, point me in the right direction, if not, let’s build it.
How hard can it be to develop the first human-based currency?