In a side line of this Mondays post on the way governments will enforce their interest – while hopefully representing us citizens for the better – in this interconneceted epoque:
So bitcoins anarchism is “fighting” with two major national interests: Governments defending societies interests (lets call this a positive reason) and the same governments wanting to increase their ability of surveillance of its citizens (lets call this a negative reason).[Update 4 June ’13 NB: The combination of the two is very poisonous indeed. [via Daring Fireball]”The Banality of ‘Don’t Be Evil’” by Julian Assange via NYtimes]
With the scoop of The Guardian on the US government spying big time on its citizens we get a little peek into the type of world we are entering. Read Revealed: NSA collecting phone records of millions of Americans daily by The Guardian. Two interesting paragraphs:
The order directs Verizon to “continue production on an ongoing daily basis thereafter for the duration of this order”. It specifies that the records to be produced include “session identifying information”, such as “originating and terminating number”, the duration of each call, telephone calling card numbers, trunk identifiers, International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) number, and “comprehensive communication routing information”.
The information is classed as “metadata”, or transactional information, rather than communications, and so does not require individual warrants to access. The document also specifies that such “metadata” is not limited to the aforementioned items. A 2005 court ruling judged that cell site location data – the nearest cell tower a phone was connected to – was also transactional data, and so could potentially fall under the scope of the order.
NB See also: Metadata matters: how phone records and obsolete laws harm privacy and the free press by The Verge
The next step is to say that the digital scan of the content of the communications between people are not THE actual communications and should only be considered as micro data….
For those who do not have the time to read Al Gore’s book “The future” which gives us a overview of all mega trends that are shaping our world today I can recommend to spend 30 minutes on the next video.
The CIA’s Grand Challenges with Big Data – Structure:Data 2013 via YouTube