A well observed commentary on how convenience can be used to erode freedom Cloin. Despite being an early adopter of mobile phones, a laptop computer, personal digital assistant, (mostly for professional reasons,) I find myself increasingly opting out of the latest advances in technology, largely because I’m aware of the potential these devices offer ethically deficient corporations to abuse the access the devices give them to our private lives.

We are told it is wise to store our date in ‘the cloud’ for security yet find later that it is in ascii text on unsecured servers. A social media platform promises to ‘focus on privacy’ yet we find once they have identified us they track everything we do online, even when we are not logged in to that site. And it is all sold as being for our benefit.

The marketing is insidious however, convincing people they cannot lave a good life without the latest gadgets. but all too often users have little idea of what the background apps in their devices are actually doing. It is reassuring to know there are people out there willing to expose the plans of Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple et al to persuade us to buy the technology through which they will try to control us.

What is already in the pipeline for ‘The Internet Of Things’ is highly disturbing.

Opted for comfortable retirement before I was fifty due to health problems and burn out. Now spend my time writing and goofing around. Home: northern England..

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