Smart devices equal surveillance devices.
Don’t worry that the staff here at NobodyisFlyingthePlane has gone anti tech. It’s just that we promote thoughtful implementation, use, and management of technology.
Devices like Alexa will ultimately take more from us than they give to us. It’s essentially a State Security wet dream. They can listen in to everything that goes on in our homes because we let them. I’m sure Amazon is already receiving subpoenas for in home recordings from Alexa. This is the sort of thing that needs thoughtful policies and regulations forbiding miss use.
At its most expansive, “smart” produces a world where we no longer exert control over objects we’ve bought from corporations, but corporations exert control over us through things we pay for the privilege of using. And when “smart” is crudely applied to the cities we live in — to our crumbling infrastructure and militarized police forces — we give in to forces of privatization, algorithmic control and rule by corporate contract. It seems an indelible symbol of the times that New York City neglects essential but mundane services like public restrooms while promoting other putative municipal innovations, like the mass conversion of pay phones to Wi-Fi kiosks. As with other smart devices, which subsidize their costs with data collection, these kiosks are free — provided you submit to the collection of your personal information and location data. The commons becomes simply another site for private companies to spy on people.
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