Quote of the moment
Re this, the following that was posted by a reader of the Engadget blog was penned by someone often ridiculed when they were alive:
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
Fight back club: While the lack of concern of young people as to the threat to their future privacy and right to not have their lives recorded in any way at all without their express written permission is slightly worrying, those who do see where this is all headed and how it could ‘trip up’ innocent people or allow their personal lives to be monitored and subsequently ‘sold’ to the highest bidder (read: the media), may want to start thinking of ways to prevent this encroaching surveillance from becoming an accepted norm.
Perhaps my views on the use of surveillance as a way to trap terrorists is wrong, as just one legitimate use of the technology could prevent the detonation of a nuclear bomb in the heart of a metropolis, but anyone planning such an atrocity is unlikely to be so stupid as to use an electronic medium anyway. My main issue with all this is what’s the point of ruining people’s privacy and therefore making life less pleasant, if you’re trying to protect freedom by doing so in the first place? Oh what a complex world we have weaved!