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[liberationtech] eternity USENET (Re: Internet blackout)

Eleanor Saitta ella at
Fri Jun 28 22:07:32 PDT 2013

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On 2013.06.28 21.02, Jonathan Wilkes wrote:
> That's anecdotal evidence.
> The vast majority of the smartphone userbase just learned the word
> "meta-data" a few weeks ago.  The news about the scope of NSA
> surveillance is revelatory to non-specialists. The scope of the
> surveillance is unprecendented.  There are not yet any
> peer-reviewed articles on how these revelations affect users'
> relationship to their smartphones, nor how those relationships may
> change as they more fully understand the dangers of wide-net 
> surveillance.

It is, in fact, anecdotal evidence.  We may see a sudden and massive
complete technology shift back ten years to where no one carries a

This is profoundly improbable, to a degree where I am willing to
discard it out of hand, in part because smartphones have in very real
ways changed our cities and the way we live in them.  I can see a
world where we demand very different privacy and security guarantees
from our phones -- I hope we're living in it.  I cannot see a world
where we just turn them all off forever.


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