• 06 FEB 14
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    Towards the Smart Survellance State.

    1) From Olle Johansson:

    The recent launch of the EU Metis Project, https://www.metis2020.com/, which stands for Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for the Twenty-twenty Information Society, will be part of a new communication and surveillance system, i.a. enabling the police to ‘remote stopping’ your car (see e.g. http://www.forbes.com/sites/tamlinmagee/2014/01/31/eu-police-group-contemplates-remote-stopping-cars/ ), as well as constantly tracing it’s whereabouts. This capability is to be built in as ‘standard’ for all new cars in the region.

    The main objective of the Metis Project is to lay the foundation of 5G, the next generation mobile and wireless communications system, by providing cars, buses, trams, trains, and so forth, with moving 5G base stations to be used for ‘piggy-backing’, thus, effectively increasing coverage and function in the future wireless service net.

    It will, of course, also provide society with more radiation points and higher levels of radiation. But since all radiation is “safe”, why worry?! And since you have not intended to speed, why worry about more surveillance of – and interaction with – your freedom and integrity since you have nothing to hide?!

    As a dull and boring scientist, I must ask myself: What next? Will my vacuum cleaner soon start spying on me? And what about the freezer – will it enable my doctor to effectively lock me out from the nice night sandwiches?

    Olle Johansson
    The Experimental Dermatology Unit
    Department of Neuroscience
    Karolinska Institute
    171 77 Stockholm
    Sweden

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    2) From Katherine Smith, Stop Smart Meters NZ:

    Smartband: Keeping tabs on everything you do. (and making total surveillance a fun thing)

    Introducing SmartBand – keep track of everything in your daily life, from how well you slept to how many calories you’ve burned. This innovative wristband from Sony comes with the Lifelog Android app to record how you interact with your world every day – all your calls, special moments, pictures, social activities, workouts, entertainment, and more, remembered forever. Stylish, discreet, and waterproof, SmartBand lets you see your life as you live it. Watch how the Lifelog app helps you log your day, every day: http://goo.gl/P1Xfgl
    Find out more about SmartBand: http://www.sonymobile.com/smartwear

    (And of course by wearing a SmartBand you will also be making life so much easier for the thoughtful folks at the NSA)

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    3) From the take Back Your Power website:

    Exposed: Google’s “Smart Home” Surveillance Plans, or, How To Not Be Colonized

    Excerpt

    Two weeks ago, the New York Times’ truth-humor strip on “The Home of the Future” came on the heels of Google’s purchase of ‘smart thermostat’ manufacturer Nest for $3.2 Billion. With power utility commissions such as California already stating their intention to “expand third-party access” to in-home data, the perfect storm is brewing for Google’s mission of making you their product – even in your own home.
    SNIP
    So where does a ‘smart thermostat’ fit in the current corporatist drive for total in-home surveillance? For the last couple of years, utilities around the globe have all been touting their new metering systems with buzzwords such as ‘smart’, ‘advanced’, ‘upgraded’, or ‘modernized’. All rhetoric aside, these devices are intended to integrate with all appliances in your home to form an inescapable wireless data-mining dragnet, dubbed as the “home area network”, with your HVAC and likely other in-home systems overseen by spy-giant Google, if they get their way.
    SNIP
    “With smart meters, police will have access to data that might be used to track residents’ daily lives and routines while in their homes, including their eating, sleeping, and showering habits, what appliances they use and when, and whether they prefer the television to the treadmill, among a host of other details.”
    SNIP

    http://www.takebackyourpower.net/news/2014/02/01/exposed-googles-smart-home-surveillance-plans/”>Read the full article here

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