July 16, 2002

Surveillance (the Real Thing, Not the Financial Thing)

I found this on Bruce Sterling's website. It reminds me: I should find where I put my thoughts on David Brin's The Transparent Society.

The Infinite Matrix | Bruce Sterling | Schism Matrix Current Day

07.16.02 These Canadian guys started out wanting to sell "location-based" ads on mobile phones. Then they figured out that they could sell their knowledge about where cellphone users go to antiterror forces. That's called "geo-profiling." Do you hang out at nuclear waste sites at 3 in the morning? Better turn that cellphone off, Ahmed.



How long before this handy technology service hits the divorce courts? "She's an unfit mother, Judge. My private detective tracked the phone in her purse, and look how she hits those singles bars."


Posted by DeLong at July 16, 2002 12:59 PM | TrackBack

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