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masssurveillance [2014/01/14 09:14]
anonymous DONE pls share
masssurveillance [2014/06/07 19:59]
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 ====== Here's a list of the actual reasons why mass surveillance of NSA, GCHQ etc are problematic: ====== ====== Here's a list of the actual reasons why mass surveillance of NSA, GCHQ etc are problematic: ======
  
-  * Noone knows how the world will look like in 20 years time - laws could get changed or even become irrelevant. The main danger here is the creation of a surveillance state. Sadly the majority of people doesn't understand that HISTORY CONTINUES and still think they're protected by "law&order" in their safe and static world.+  * No one knows how the world will look like in 20 years time - laws could get changed or even become irrelevant. The main danger here is the creation of a surveillance state. Sadly the majority of people doesn't understand that HISTORY CONTINUES and still think they're protected by "law&order" in their safe and static world.
  
   * One could use the data for rating people by threat-potential using AI that analyse the data. (Note that machines don't "understand" context (or for example irony) as humans do nor is such usually unambiguous). Being rated high can have very real consequences such as personalized extended surveillance, being denied access to various parts of society, random searches etc. For instance the German sociologist Andrej Holm was subject to months of personalized surveillance (having people listen directly to all his phone calls etc) and conviction because he googled terms ("gentrification") that previously occurred in a letter of a terrorist organization ((https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrej_Holm#Ermittlungsverfahren_wegen_Verdachts_der_Mitgliedschaft_in_einer_terroristischen_Vereinigung)). The ADVISE project ((https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADVISE)) seems to be an attempt of implementing this.   * One could use the data for rating people by threat-potential using AI that analyse the data. (Note that machines don't "understand" context (or for example irony) as humans do nor is such usually unambiguous). Being rated high can have very real consequences such as personalized extended surveillance, being denied access to various parts of society, random searches etc. For instance the German sociologist Andrej Holm was subject to months of personalized surveillance (having people listen directly to all his phone calls etc) and conviction because he googled terms ("gentrification") that previously occurred in a letter of a terrorist organization ((https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrej_Holm#Ermittlungsverfahren_wegen_Verdachts_der_Mitgliedschaft_in_einer_terroristischen_Vereinigung)). The ADVISE project ((https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADVISE)) seems to be an attempt of implementing this.
  
-  * One of the most important problems (that is especially emerging from the one above) is the constraint of people's decisions that inevitable follows if they know they're being watched or susceptible to being watched and their actions being recorded. This breeds conformity, adhering to norms and constrains the freedom people ought to have by privacy ((https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Observer_effect)). (Also note that the gradual establishment of adhering to specific informal norms makes those norms prone to becoming formal laws. Especially as the eavesdroppers feel their enormous power "Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely".)+  * One of the most important problems (that is especially emerging from the one above) is the constraint of people's decisions that inevitable follows if they know they're being watched or susceptible to being watched and their actions being recorded. This breeds conformity, adhering to norms and constrains the freedom people ought to have by privacy ((https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawthorne_effect)). (Also note that the gradual establishment of adhering to specific informal norms makes those norms prone to becoming formal laws. Especially as the eavesdroppers feel their enormous power "Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely".)
  
   * Also the data could get into the wrong hands - ie one of the ~35000 employees ((https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency)) (especially private contractors as Snowden was ((https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Booz_Allen_Hamilton#PRISM_media_disclosures))) could for example sell data for money/private benefits or abuse it because of (ie extremist) ideology. Well besides of the abuse that is already occurring such as "Loveint" ((http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10263880/NSA-employees-spied-on-their-lovers-using-eavesdropping-programme.html)).   * Also the data could get into the wrong hands - ie one of the ~35000 employees ((https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency)) (especially private contractors as Snowden was ((https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Booz_Allen_Hamilton#PRISM_media_disclosures))) could for example sell data for money/private benefits or abuse it because of (ie extremist) ideology. Well besides of the abuse that is already occurring such as "Loveint" ((http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10263880/NSA-employees-spied-on-their-lovers-using-eavesdropping-programme.html)).