by Furry Girl
At last month's Desiree Alliance conference, I recommended a talk called "Privacy Is Dead- Get Over It", by private investigator Steve Rambam. He has been giving versions of this talk for years, and this latest version was given at The Next HOPE in New York City in July 2010. It's not at all geared towards a sex worker audience, nor is it about how to avoid stalkers and other pests that sex workers face, but it's an excellent general introduction to how our "private" lives are anything but.
While Rambam's personal politics are of a conservative bent, he seems to take delight in shattering any lingering illusions of the paranoid and privacy-conscious, spelling out how our lives are all being tracked by private investigators, telecommunications companies, and non-governmental databases. This is the talk I try to get people to watch if they're curious about the idea of personal privacy in the digital age, and they tend to come away horrified.
Unlike a lot of material out there on the privacy topic, Rambam's talk is not about how The Government spies on us, it's about how corporations spy on us- and how we, as individuals, are the ones who help them do so. When a friend of mine got out of prison, I asked him if they had him on an ankle monitor. He held up his smart phone and said, "No, but I got me on this!" Personally, I pay AT&T $143 a month to track my whereabouts at all times. This is why I hate it when silly little lefties say stuff like "Orwell was right" or "We're living in Orwellian times now". No, no we're not. Orwell was wrong, Ray Bradbury was right. We The People will not be oppressed by force and coercion and frightening big brothers, we will gleefully and willingly give up any and all personal liberties in the name of gaining shiny amusements. Oh hey, did you hear the a iPhone is coming out? Let's go wait in line all day!
This year's talk focuses heavily on how Google catalogs everything about you in order to sell you things, and just how much data we are all hemorrhaging every time we do anything online, make a phone call, or even just carry our mobile phones around with us. (News to me was Google's upcoming plans to be an electric utility that uses smart grid technology. This means they'll know what you're doing with your appliances and light switches, down to when you open your refrigerator door. I wonder if a Hitachi Magic Wand gives off some sort of unique power-draining signature in the outlet in your bedroom? Ceiling cat is watching you masturbate!)
Jacob Appelbaum, another speaker from The Next HOPE conference who I mentioned last month, touched upon Google in a recent Rolling Stone piece: "It's not just the state. If it wanted to, Google could overthrow any country in the world. Google has enough dirt to destroy every marriage in America. [...] At some point people are going to realize that Google has everything on everyone. Most of all, they can see what questions you're asking, in real time. Quite literally, they can read your mind."
To download this 3-hour video via legal torrent firesharing, click here for the torrent for part one, and here for part two. If you're not familiar with using torrents, I also uploaded a copy of the video to my site- but use the torrent option if you can. To download the entire video from me in .mp4 format (488mb), click here. If your computer's video player can't play .mp4 videos, I recommend trying out VLC, which plays everything and is available for any operating system.
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