After reading this rather alarming article, I had two choices:
1. Freak out, call my friends, and maybe pee my pants a little
2. Tell you all about it.
As you can tell, I chose option 2.
Here’s the article: http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/526496/ultraprivate-smartphones/
After Edward Snowden’s leaks and numerous events across the globe, the government is able to tap phone calls, see texts, basically learn more about you than you knew yourself.
Of course, we all knew this, and there have been political debates on said issue as well as the upcoming passage of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. But crypotologist, Phil Zimmermann brings our thoughts to the surface and reveals what we can maybe believe as the truth.
In January, every citizen in Ukraine got a text message on their phones saying,”Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.”
This message was from the government letting the public know they would be watching over every text, call, transaction, etc. that came out of their phones.
Phil Zimmermann works for this company called “Silent Circle” which has the ability to hack phones just like the Ukrainian government has, however it chooses to use its powers for good and blocks eavesdropping and hackers. They hope to take this technology to organizers in the Ukraine to help them.
In the summer, Zimmermann says that his company has also developed a device called the Blackphone that will physically protect citizens from hacking and says that we should actually implement them into our consumer market. it has actually been utilized in the military for years now.
In this article, we see not only an example of how technology can be both good and bad, both strong and weak, but also we can question how much we’re being watched.
Of course we don’t live in Kiev, but Phil Zimmermann brings up another privacy surveillance situation that’s enabled just by the a keyboard and a small computer screen.