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[liberationtech] New microchip for smartphones to provide unprecedented ultra-precise location data

Paul Bernal (LAW) Paul.Bernal at uea.ac.uk
Mon Apr 16 22:40:56 PDT 2012


Thanks! It's a fascinating piece, and seems to be getting more relevant all the time!

Paul

On 17 Apr 2012, at 06:04, "Doug Schuler" <douglas at publicsphereproject.org<mailto:douglas at publicsphereproject.org>> wrote:


HI Yishay,

All or most technology can be used for good or evil.  But -- we all must admit -- some of it is more prone to mischief than others.

The question is what do we do about it.

I've put this out here before but these are the questions I was hoping to address with my Dr. Faust in the 21st Century piece.
http://publicsphereproject.org/drupal/sites/default/files/Dr._Faust_in_the_21st_Century.pdf

It's from AI & Society, 25th anniversary volume: A Faustian Exchange: What is it to be Human in the Era of Ubiquitous Technology.

I'd love to know what you think.

-- Doug




On Apr 14, 2012, at 12:20 AM, Yishay Mor wrote:


Maybe obvious, but the technology itself is neither good or evil. Its what you do with it. I can think of a variety of wonderful applications for this technology. Starting from locating people in a situation of crisis to location-based games and educational experiences ("to your left, you can see.."). The issue is that people need to (a) be aware of the privacy implications an (b) have control over when their location data is collected and who can see it.

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On 12 April 2012 19:07, Katrin Verclas <katrin at mobileactive.org<mailto:katrin at mobileactive.org>> wrote:
Welcome to the new world ultra-precise location tracking on your phone...

http://www.activistpost.com/2012/04/new-microchip-for-smartphones-to.html

Excerpt:

>
> 'The Broadcom Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, recently
> unveiled a brand new microchip for smartphones which will provide
> ultra-precise location details, potentially even within a few
> centimeters, far beyond what current smartphones can detect.
>
> Today cell phones, but smartphones in particular, have become one of
> the most powerful surveillance tools available with Carrier IQ,
> citizen spying applications distributed by both the private sector
> and government agencies, techniques to encourage citizen spying, and
> a total lack of privacy.
>
> The new chip, called Broadcom 4752 or BCM4752, will relay
> information about the vertical and horizontal position, if the
> individual is indoors or out, all through combining a wide variety
> of information sources.
>
>


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