July 20th, 2010
I was going to title this post "A Digital Prison - Excuses for Not Posting and Disappearing from the World", but I thought that was overkill. Anyone of you reading this who has dabbled just a little in the esoteric and parapolitcal or you are just conspiratorially paranoid should know about privacy and information awareness. I just recently got a Motorola Droid X (I am not associated with Moto, Verizon or Google) and I think this thing is fantastic it has just absorbed me for days and many friends of mine own similar devices and at work we are all glued into the constant web or other entertainment on our phones. Calling these mini-personal computers phones is really a mockery to all that they really do and occasional ya they can be used to make calls.
In a day where even I am paranoid of how much personal information everyone collects on me it seems pointless when you own one of these devices and you believe that companies like Google and Verizon have open sharing with government access. Not to mention the worry of having your personal information stolen by installing a nefarious third-party application to the device. Perhaps these are similar hurdles we have come to surpass in our connections to computers already but the smart phone has many more ways of collecting a detailed dataset on an individual. With the power of Google behind it who knows the kind of collections of profiles they have on people.
For a certain populace of conspiracy minded people who were worried about implanted chips who stated hell no I won't get one. If that same person owns a smartphone they are basically chipped with a way more advanced tracking device. It may be external from the body but who (of those that treasure electronics enough to own a smartphone) goes anywhere without their phone?
Here is a summary of just some of the features of the Droid X powered by the Android operating system made by Google:
3 microphones for picking up excellent quality sound
Fairly accurate and fast voice commands, navigation and recognition throughout the device's apps.
>1000 meter accuracy location awareness even when user has turned off GPS (using cell location services)
Near 3-10 meter accuracy with GPS
720p HD camcorder and 8MP camera to get a clear picture of anything going on.
Internal magnet that obtains orientation and movement of the phone
Required Gmail login for phone's complete integration and cloud sync with Google services including calendar, email, contacts, docs, search history, and more. Remember the constitution's 4th amendment is currently interpreted by the courts to not cover information in the cloud.
Many thousands of apps can be obtained on the device to collect numerous information on the individual.
Usually your most personal information can be found on this device, your SMS text messages, email correspondence, who you call, who you associate with, where you go, what your interests are. It wouldn't take a pro CIA agent to pick up a pattern from you and build a psychological evaluation of someone from all this.
Well with all that knowledge here I am holding my Droid and loving it in a sad foolish way.