The spy in your pocket: How Silicon Valley uses advertising tech to spy on your lockdown behavior

from RT

Police can’t catch everyone violating lockdown orders, but your smartphone can. Various apps give information to third parties who share it with other people who you may not want to trace you.

The US is split on how and when to lift lockdown measures. Georgia, for instance, has been reopening since last month, while the city of Los Angeles will likely force its citizens to stay at home until August, officials said on Tuesday.

Discontent with these measures has grown. Californians upset with their canceled summer have warned of the potential for riots, a warning that looks realistic after crowds of sun worshippers descended onto Orange County’s closed beaches earlier this month, in defiance of the armed police enforcing their closure. From Michigan to Massachusetts, protesters have picketed statehouses across the country, demanding their governors end the lockdown.

Amid the protests and debate, big tech is keeping a watchful eye on just how closely Americans are following the rules, and the media is watching too.

A New York Times report on Tuesday revealed that in both open and closed states, Americans are starting to venture further from their homes again. To arrive at this conclusion, the Times pored over the cellphone data of 15 million American citizens. Movement data gleaned from their smartphones was plotted against census data to calculate what percentage of people were wandering … Continue reading >>>

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Total Surveillance: Contact-tracing app will be key part of UK’s Covid-19 containment strategy

Total Surveillance: Contact-tracing app will be ‘key part’ of UK government’s Covid-19 ‘surveillance programme’

Contact-tracing app will be ‘key part’ of UK government’s Covid-19 ‘surveillance programme’ – Johnson spokesman
Picture (c) Olivier Douliery, AFP
The hugely unpopular NHS contact-tracing app proposal, which as libertarians point out will giver the government the power to track all our movements, will be a “key part” of the U.K. government’s Covid-19 containment policy for the foreseeable future, a spokesman for the Prime Minister’s office has confirmed.

The app, designed ostensibly to notify smartphone users if they came into close contact with someone who had tested positive for the coronavirus, could be available within a few weeks,  but privacy campaigners warn that the app,  which will give the government and its agencies, including the police who have shown their willingness to abuse their new powers, the ability to record and store the complete movements of individuals and details of those with whom they were in contact.

If the plan goes through unchallenged, and Boris Jognson’s recent conversion to the kind of authoritarian approach wannabe Galactic Emperor Bill Gates has lobbied for suggests it will, the public will be “coerced” into sharing personal data about their movements, personal liberty activists fear.

This blog has warned from the outset that the whole COVID – 19 coronavirus scare was being used by globalists to effect a huge power grab and the abolition of the rights and liberties we in the democratic nations have come to take for granted.

Johnson’s spokesman added that the priority while waiting for the app to be ready is ensuring continued social distancing in order to fullfil the “five tests” to be met before lockdown measures can be eased. Those tests include falling deaths and falling infection rates. This is ridiculous and confirms our suspicions as empirical evidence shows distancing does not work and lockdown, apart from trashing the economy, has failed to curtail the spread of the disease. Nations like Sweden and South Korea which avoided a lockdown, arguing rationally that the economic damage would cause more deaths in the long term than the virus is ever likely to, have experienced no higher infection rate or deathg rate than normal.

Today’s statement from Downing Street follows a heated exchange in the House of Commons on Tuesday 28 April over proposed legislation setting out the legal basis for processing personal data by the app. Shadow deputy leader of the House, Afzal Khan, said that while the app has an “important role to play,” legislation should ensure that it stores data in a decentralized manner. This is nonsense as data stored in a decentralised way, i.e. a distributed database, can still be pulled together almost instantly on entry of certain keywords.

Responding to Khan, Solicitor General Michael Ellis QC said the app will be “voluntary participation only” and there will be “no private identifiable information on it.” Furthermore, the whole process will be “data protection compliant and there will be an ethical advisory board monitoring it,” he said.

If you believe that look out of the window quickly, you might see several pigs flying over your home.

Internet law professor Lilian Edwards took a more cautionary line, telling MPs, that there was a “precedent of other pandemics leading to a mass land grab in extensive state surveillance.” She is probably referring to the pandemics of damp squibs over the past three decades, including SARS, MERS, Swine Flu, Bird Flu and Ebola. The first four of those were so ludicrously hyped they caused the World Health Organisation to change the edfinition of ‘pandemic’ from hundreds of millions of people all around the world will be infected and millions will die, to ‘a few people here and there will feel a bit poorly.‘ Ebola was different, it killed thousands in west Africa in 2014 / 15 but despite a massive campaign to spread fear and panic in the rest of the world the diseasedid not significantly break out of Africa.

Historically, virus epidemics to tend to burn out after a few months. Why this is so has never been understood.

COVID – 19 has turned into a real pandemic, but there are several aspects of how it is thought to have originated, the way it predominantly attacks the old and those with underlying health problems and the fact that all the world’s leading economies were in deficit because of rising welfare bills, that have led conspiracy theorists to speculate that the timing is suspiciously convenient. And the authoritarian measures adopted by governments, vesting far more powers in the state, tend to fuel those suspicions.

Several EU countries have been developing contact-tracing apps in parallel with the UK, a statement from the EU Commission in Brussels earlier this month stated that it wanted EU members to take a “common approach” to the use of digital technologies and data.

The ‘common approach’  recommendation from Brussels has triggered a debate that is still raging in Europe  over whether to use centralized or decentralized solutions for the apps. While a decentralized approach would see data stored on the user’s own phone, a centralized infrastructure would see data sent to a central database run by public authorities, which civil liberties groups say risks evolving into state surveillance.

The German government plans to adopt a decentralized approach it was announced last week. This is a  U-turn on the previous plan which involved full support of the Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing (Pepp-PT) protocol developed by European Union agencies. Berlin will now support decentralized solutions proposed by Apple and Google instead, which leaves the gathered data on devices controlled by US tech corporations. This approach presents even greater problems for personal liberty activists  as on user privacy and data protection the track record of both these predatory corporations is on a par with that of a fox in a chicken coop.

Meanwhile the UK leans toward a centralized model and it’s been reported that experts from GCHQs National Cyber Security Centre, an agency which has been spying on us through our web use, emails, molbile phone calls and texts for over two decades, are advising on the project. So the unalienable human right to privacy is right out the window then.

In France the government of beleagured president Emmanuel Macron has also been pushing a centralized app solution, prompting hundreds of the country’s computer security experts to sign an open letter asking the government to reconsider due to concerns around privacy and individual freedoms.

Johnson’s spokesman said the government would set out more details regarding the British app as soon as it could. Our advice, Just Say No, Do you really need an app that allows a government no sane person would trust, to track their every movement and who they came into contact with.

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Don’t trust Apple or Google with coronavirus data, says German app developer

from RT, 14 April 2020

A German app developer has warned that the Covid-19 pandemic gives Silicon Valley tech giants perfect cover to suck up personal data. However, while the government may intervene, the tech firms aren’t known for listening.

Apple and Google unveiled an app last week that uses bluetooth connections to trace the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. Put simply, the app tracks whether a smartphone user has come in contact with another, infected, user. Similar apps rolled out in South Korea and Singapore have been credited with arresting the spread of the deadly pathogen … Continue reading >>>

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‘They’re preparing people for microchip implants’: Tennis legend Marat Safin shares coronavirus conspiracy theory

Russian tennis legend Marat Safin has suggested the coronavirus pandemic could be a pretext for the mass implanting of microchips into humans, as the former world number one gave an unexpected take on the crisis.

“I think they are preparing people for ‘chipization’ [chip implants],” Safin, 40, said in an Instagram chat with Russian outlet Sports.ru.

“Back in 2015, Bill Gates said we’ll have a pandemic, that the next enemy is a virus, not a nuclear war.

“They did a simulation at the Davos [economic] forum of what it would be like. I don’t think Bill Gates is a predictor, he just knew.

“I think with this virus the situation isn’t like what we’re being told, but people believe it all, the horror stories on TV.

“Some people believe civilization will end, I don’t believe that. We’ll just be going around with chips soon,” Safin added, continuing his unorthodox take on the current crisis.

Bill Gates may have created coronavirus to microchip people – Roger Stone

from New York Post

White House advisor Roger Stone suggested Monday that Bill Gates may have had a hand in the creation of coronavirus so that he could plant microchips in people’s heads to know who has and has not been tested for COVID-19.

“Whether Bill Gates played some role in the creation and spread of this virus is open for vigorous debate. I have conservative friends who say it’s ridiculous and others say absolutely,” Stone told Joe Piscopo, host of the radio program “The Answer” on 970 AM, who had asked about conspiracy theories regarding the pandemic.

“He and other globalists are using it for mandatory vaccinations and microchipping people so we know if they’ve been tested. Over my dead body. Mandatory vaccinations? No way, Jose!” Stone told a fawning Piscopo, who referred to President Trump’s longtime adviser as “a legend.”

Gates has long been an outspoken advocate for preparing for a global health crisis like coronavirus … Continue reading >>>

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IoT gadget maker Nest Labs adding Google facial recognition to doorbell web enabled doorbell, Google will know who’s at home.

Internet of Things - your gadgets will spy on you
Image source: http://www.industriaitaliana.it

Long before Google acquired Internet of Things company Nest, its co-founder Matt Rogers was saying he and his team had big dreams. They certainly did, knowing perhaps how the CIA had made Google and Facebook into giant global corporations because of the potential for spying on people through their computers, Nest seem to have convinced themselves that building fridges, washing machines, thermostats and doorbells that could spy on their owners might work the same trick for them.

“When Nest was founded seven years ago, we started with a thermostat,” Rogers told a room full of reporters in an event held at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum. “But our mission has always been much greater. Our mission is to create a home that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it.”

CUNT. Does he not realise plenty of us understand what he is really saying, i.e. Nest, with their partners want to build a world in which our homes, possessions and our environment all conspire with the ruling elites to control us.

So after making a smart thermostat, (well, one that grasses you up to big Brother if you turn your heating up higher than someone on your paygrade should,) smoke alarms that will tell your doctor is you were cooking unhealthy food, and security cameras that tell Google (and any of us that can hack a server, which is more people than you might think,) exactly who is at home at any given time, Nest revealed the next place it wants to make waves: the home alarm system.

“Can you think of a better industry for us to disrupt?” product marketing head Maximie Veron asked the crowd.

That disruption will be stepped up in November, when the latest spy product, a $500 home alarm system you can install yourself, is brought to market. Nest Secure is built to work with your smartphone (and if that doesn’t ring alarm bells nothing will,), and with all the other Nest products the company hopes you’ll buy to help your best friends, the government, control you. And some people, some university brainwashed people, will rush out and buy this crap thinking it is ‘cool’.

Nest Secure product manager Sophie Le Guen explained the focus was on making a confusing product into a friendly one. About as friendly as a hungry crocodile.

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German Government Smartphone Spyware Monitors Citizens’ Calls, Typing AND Sees Through Their Cameras


The shadow government is employing shadow spied Image source: middlemarketcenter.org

The German Interior Ministry has formally revealed that they have created a new “Bundestrojaner” or government trojan horse software that will enable security agencies to track the smartphone activities of anyone that inadvertently downloads it according to German media. We understand Chancellor Merkel’s government has also adopted an “off the shelf” tool from a company which is said to help authoritarian regimes track their citizens.

(Well we have tried to warn you of the direction the German government was travelling in when we started referring to The Chancellor as Hausfrau – Volksfuhrer Merkel, drawing a parallel with comedian Barry Humphrey’s character, “Housewife – Superstar Dame Edna Everidge. Though Dame Edna is not real, Merkel seems to have become similarly deluded.

The Trojan Horse software the German government is using disguises itself as something innocent like a free screen saver or game. Once the user opens the file the malicious code infects the target computer, often allowing a third party access to all kinds of information and enabling them to record keystrokes, browse files and even remotely control the computer.

The Federal Data Protection Commissioner Andrea Vosshoff has said that the testing of the software has been completed and that it will be used to follow the movements and actions of suspected criminals and others.

The government tried to reassure concerned citizens by saying that the software only has the capacity to monitor communications and not have access to sensitive files. Critics of the project, aware that the government has openly discussed the possibility of criminalising opposition to the government’s ‘open doors’ immigration policy and opponents of EU political integration, fear the malware could theoretically gain access to anyone’s computer files, personal sensitive information without the person ever being aware that they had been infected with the malware.

Green Party deputy head Konstantin von Notz said, “We do understand the needs of security officials, but still, in a country under the rule of law, the means don’t justify the end.”

This is not the occasion on which the German government has used a trojan horse program. In 2011 the government created similar malware in secret without the knowledge of the public. A hacker group called “Chaos Computer Club” discovered the plan and leaked details to the press causing a scandal. The lawyer of a person whose computer was infected by the trojan told the German press the government had planted it on his client’s computer as he was going through customs at Munich airport.

FinFisher Gamma-International is the company that has developed the latestsoftware called FinFisher or FinSpy. They are based in the UK and in Germany and specialise in developing spyware for governments and law enforcement agencies.

They have been at the centre of many civil liberties scandals when oppressive regimes have used their software to spy on political opponents and human rights activists. Egypt used the software during the Arab spring to help identify and ‘neutralise’ people critical of the Mubarak regime. Germany, which presents itself as a liberal Social Demoracy now joins countries like Bahrain and Indonesia who are alleged to use the software, according to a report by University of Toronto based Citizen Lab(but as anarchist intellectual Mikhail Bakunin warned Karl Marx in the 1870s, socialist governments will always become more oppressive that the old despotic monarchies).

Re-Branding Dissent – The Quiet Destruction Of Democracy

Many people, all the contributors to this publication among them, fear that democracy is being destroyed. OK, OK, hipsters will say but ‘we’ve never had democracy’, or, ‘it was destroyed long ago’, but left wing deceit aside, I think its worth actually thinking about how, many forms of democratic expression, effective dissent and peaceful self-determination are being outlawed and abolished in a sustained attack on free speech and civil rights.

In an article titled “The Next Crisis” the author argues that The Controllers, The Global Elite, call them what you will, have decided that Democracy is a threat to their wealth and power and have more than likely given some thought to how best to neuter it while appearing to do no such thing. It is expedient to retain the outward appearance of democracy in order to avoid frightening the frail of spirit, but there is a move to eradicate any substance from it, leaving us with an empty but colourful stage show.

The idea of a meritocratic global governance is about a hundred years old now, when first floated it was unworkable but now internet technologies offer government the ability to control information and thus manipulate opinion so that enough people can be persuaded to surrender their individual rights and liberties in return for protection from ‘existential threats’ that in reality, if dealt with properly, pose no greater danger to human life than a smelly fart.

And yet the elites keep pushing the idea that we are threatened by global warming, Islamic extremism, food and water shortages and a host of other problems from which only Big Government can save us. For example

3) professionalized Governance. Democracy can be and must be neutered, and an effective way of doing this is to insist that amateur, elected officials MUST take the advice of professional (read corporate) advisors. Expand current law to enforce this.

If this seems monstrous now, their argument, I suspect, will be that in an increasingly crowded, interconnected and globalised world we can no longer leave critically important decisions in the hands of the uneducated, in-expert and amateur. We must, of course, still be free to choose but must, from now on, be helped to choose ‘wisely’. And how can we choose wisely if we aren’t given wise choices to choose from? Oh, the Orwellian beauty of it! No prizes for guessing who will decide what is and what is not wise.

We cannot any longer allow you to choose unwisely! There is so much at stake and so much you and your representatives simply do not fully understand.

You only need think how much legislation is already written by these ‘advisors’ and how many ‘experts’ are routinely seconded from corporations in order to ‘help’ the government departments regulate those same corporations to appreciate how far towards this we have already come. Two examples of ‘expert advice’ spring readily to mind. Back in May 2014 Citi drafted, word for word, many of the ‘amendments’ to the Frank Dodd financial regulation law. While professional experts from J PM Morgan did the same for the new derivatives trading law which puts the US tax payer back on the hook for any really serious losses. In an essay <br />

<h4>The Next Crisis – Part two – A manifesto for the supremacy of the 1%</h4><br />

the author, award winning documentary film maker David Malone presents a likely manifesto for the subversion of democracy by a bureaucratic dictatorship appointed by political and wealthy oligarchs.

Interesting reading …

 

 

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It’s only a phone FFS

from The Examiner:

open pit toiletA Chinese open pit toilet – source: shutterstock / NY Post

“A strange and tragic story comes to us from China where it is reported, two people were killed and several others were injured after a woman dropped her cell phone into a open-pit toilet. Fox 8 reported on June 8, 2014, that an unnamed woman in Xinxiang City, China, dropped her new smart phone into a sewer pit and those that tried to help her ended up perishing.

The woman’s husband attempted to retrieve the phone, worth an estimated $320, from the toilet, but was overcome by the stench and gasses in the toilet pit and lost consciousness and fell in.

At that point, the man’s mother dove into the pit to try and save her son, but she also passed out due to the fumes.

From here, the woman that dropped the phone tried to save both her husband and mother-in-law. She also lost consciousness and other people arrived and tried to help.

In the end a total of six people needed to be rescued from the open-pit toilet including the woman’s father-in-law and two friends. All fell unconscious after being lowered in on a rope.

The woman’s husband and his mother both had a pulse when they were pulled from the toilet, but after waiting more than an hour for medical assistance to arrive, they ending up passing away in the hospital.

OK for the safety of yourself and your loved ones; a) Never go in a public toilet in China, b) look at the picture below and repeat one hundred times,

“It’s only an effing phone.”

its only a phone

The Spy In Your Smartphone

An article in OS news (linked below) opens by saying those of us with experience in digital technology have known about the nasties hidden in your internet enabled computers and gadgets for years.This is absolutely true. Why did people like me not sound the alarm then, you might well ask?

In the case of smartphones I confess to being completely indifferent, I have no interest in owning one, my ten year old Nokia phone gives me all the mobile communications I want (when I am not available to answer the landline, I am not available to talk and there’s nothing so important it can’t wait a few hours) and when that old faithful croaks it will be replaced with an entry level pay as you go device.

It is wrong to suggest however that cynical old pros like me were not sounding the alarm, we began sounding the alarm when Microsoft operating systems started to be shipped internet ready. Microsoft always gave themselves the ability to take over your computer, change settings and load stuff you hadn’t asked for. And the favoured page markup for the World Wide Web, thanks to the interference of an idiot science tit and the willingness of politicians to listen to a guy with a PhD in Star Trek Studies rather than people who had long careers in computers behind them, had as much security as a house with no doors.

The trouble was people did not want to listen, the propaganda coming from government spin doctors and corporate marketing departments said the world wide web was magic and would make everything free. And people want to believe in magic.

Thus we handed governments and corporate cartels with fascist tendencies (i.e. all of them) the greatest tool for controlling information anybody could imagine. They could rewrite the past and create the present. As George Orwell put it in “1984”, “He who controls the present controls the past, he who controls the past controls the future.” And he could have added “He who controls the information controls the present.”

Keep on reading to learn a little of how Our New Unhappy Lords are controlling the information.

Read more in OS News

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I Told Them Google Are Evil

When I said Google were an evil bunch of control freaks hellbent on world domination they called be a conspiracy theorist. When I said the Google corporate motto in full is “Don’t be evil, that’s our job,” they said I was paranoid.

Funny how little things keep creeping out of the woodwork that leave no room for doubt Google and other technology corporations, in collaboration with government security agencies, are creeping toward technology led fascism.

The laptop was the first portable internet-connected device that freed up millions to be stalked by the internet 24/7 rather than chained to the desk eight hours a day. Next was the smartphone, which didn’t really take off until Apple opened it up to developers and allowed the creation of applications that steal you money while fooling you into thinking you are having fun and made the smartphone the oppressive monster it is today. Then came to tablet computer and though Jobs little jobbie was too pricey and too underspecified to appeal to anyone except fanboys and wankers, rival using Google’s Android front end became the choice for business.

Earlier this year Goolge introduced wearable technology in the limited release of Googlegoggles (Google Glass), which proved a step to far for many bar and restaurant owners who sparked a race relations row by banning human / robot hybrids from their premises. The head-mounted display of Google glass puts Google adverts and “suggestions” (you will obey, you will obey) right in your fucking face whatever you are doing.

Now we have smartwatches. Samsung has a smartwatch, and Google, Apple and Microsoft are buying up companies that have patented smartwatch technology or are hiring engineers to create it. Smartwatch technologies are supposed to work in tandem with mobile phones and computers to become the third leg of the “smart” ecosystem. WTF can a smartwatch do that my forty year old Tissot and a bog standard cellphone can’t do for me and I can’t do for myself?

With wearable fitness gadgets that sense heartbeat, pulse, the number of steps you take, and the quality and duration of your sleep, it’s just a matter of time before technology gets in your head … and that is right. where Google are planning on going next. Yes,hardware and software engineers working for the universe’s creepiest and most evil corporations are working on a chip that can be implanted in the skull and interfaced directly with the central nervous system

CNET reports, “Google has a plan. Eventually it wants to get into your brain. ‘When you think about something and don’t really know much about it, you will automatically get information,’ Google CEO Larry Page said in Steven Levy’s book, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works and Shapes Our Lives. ‘Eventually you’ll have an implant, where if you think about a fact, it will just tell you the answer.’

but what if I don’t want an answer. What if I am thinking about a nice big juicy steak and a glass of Chateauneuf du Pape. I just want to think about them, I don’t want to know the chemical composition. And if I was thinking about Kelly’s boobs how they feel in my hands and Google interrupted there would be mayhem I promise you.

Are you a slave to the machines? Do you run out and buy a new iPhone whenever one is launched? Would you wear Google Glass and have Google in your face all day. Do you feel you must have a smartwatch whatever the fuck they are? Would you like to be able to think of something and have an implantable computer in your head to provide some additional resources to complete your thoughts? Be sure that if your thoughts did not lead to your doing something that would shove a bit of revenue Google’s way, your own thoughts would be overridden by Google’s

“You don’t really want to take Kelly to bed, you want to browse the web and click through on some Google adsense ads…”

YES-MASTER-I-DO-NOT-WANT-TO-TAKE-SARAH-HARDING-LOOKALIKE-KELLY-TO-BED-I WANT-TO-LOOK-AT-SOME-GOOGLE-ADS-I-WILL-OBEY-I-WILL-OBEY …

Technology is on our bodies, and the evil ones want to put it into our bodies! Let’s hope anonymous can hack our heads and release us.

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The Nerds Are Taking Over The World – We Did Warn You.

The SxSW festival in Austin, Texas used to be a music, specifically a rock festival. Then like Glastonbury commercial interests began to muscle in. Gradually the musicians were all but driven out and now the nerds have taken over.

Nerds can be identified by several characteristics; one, though it is easy to be deceived by their bad haircuts and body odour issues they are not chaotic, shambolic people but dangerous control freaks; two, once they have hold of a bad idea they will cling to it more tightly than a pit bull clinging to a postman’s leg; three, given a sniff of power they turn into world domination freaks; four, they do not recognise the line between good business practice and fascism; five, neither do they recognise the line between reality and fantasy.

Reading up on this year’s SxSW I find that for many nerds and geeks
(a lesser species like donkey are to horses or gekkos to investment bankers) the boundary between ‘real life’ and ‘online’ has now bcome so blurred it may as well not exists.

South by Southwest Interactive, a component of the festival rather than a sideshow, is probably the world’s biigest gathering of nerds, geeks and Bond villains who, operating from a high tech headquarters in the magma chamber of an extict volcano somewhere in the Pacific Caldera ( venture capitalists as the mainstream media likes to call them), plan to take over the world and turn us all into unthinking automatons.

These people plan to change the way you live, the way you think. They hate being human and would rather be robots and they want you to be a robot too. When they speak it does not sound anything like a human conversation.

WTF is your “user experience”. If they mean spending a bit of time browsing the web why not just say so? Is “the gamification of healthcare” an attempt to write a zap the cancer tumour adventure in which players run through Lara Croft’s intestinal tract looking for a malignant polyp or do online diagnisticians compete to empty you bank account?

Since when have real people talked of “geofencing”? Or “design thinking”? Or “open source government”? What is “content strategy”? It all starts to sound like a corporate brainstorming session in which all the participants are just coming down from a mega-acid-trip.

One of the world’s leading content strategists tried to explain his area of special skill to an interviewer. “Well, from one perspective, I guess,” he said, “it’s kind of everything.”

Here lies the main obstacle to understanding where technology is heading to at breakneck speed. The nerds who are driving the juggernaut don’t even understand themselves when they talk in such jargon and they certainly are not looking at the road ahead as thy swing the steeting wheel wildly and keep the pedal right down to the metal.

Their goal is that all human activity will take place online, that our computers will change from being tools we use to being extensions of ourselves and eventually to being our selves.

Remember while computer scientists have been claiming for forty years they were on the verge of building a machine that is consciousness can think for itself (and for forty years failing at every attempt because they don’t understand human consciouness) the nerds of the gaming consoles and gadgets industry which these days passes for information technology already believe that our machines are smarter than us.

Anyone who has wrestled with a Windows Vista system will know how profoundly fuckwitted a human would have to be in order for a computer to be smarter.

The Intesity of the twentysomethings who floc to the Austin Convention Centre, and wander around in a trande like state juggling coffee cups, iPad 2s and the festival’s full Oxford English Dictionary sized schedule of events, can seem vaguely intimidating. They are no longer content with transforming that part of your life you spend at your computer, or even on your smartphone. They want you control your life, or your biosphere experience as the nerd who has just taken out a patent on your mind (customized life software) might put it.

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Nerds who have recognised they have an issue with technology addiction, given their lives to a higher power and entered Boggart Blog’s 12 step program may find it helpful to read the longer version of this, I Am Not A Computer at the main Greenteeth Site.

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