Thursday, January 23, 2014

Using Cell Phones to Track Protesters

Stories about tracking technologies just keep on coming. This one, however, is ominous. A technology that was once proposed as a way to help manage a pandemic and reduce suffering, is being turned on its head. Protesters in the Ukraine are receiving text messages telling them the government knows who they are, and where they are, because of the cellphone in their pocket.  More:

Ukraine’s Opposition Says Government Stirs Violence
(New York Times, January 21, 2014)

Comment: Although events described in this article are taking place far removed from the United States, circumstances are akin to a canary in a coal mine. The canary isn't singing, and we should all be very concerned.

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