Information Gathering

NSA-style mass surveillance is enabling local police departments to gather vast quantities of sensitive information about each and every one of us in a way that was never previously possible. —Catherine Crump

This short talk is a compelling look at the debate between what Technology can do vs. what it should do.

I have installed and maintained systems for more than my fair share of surveillance equipment and I can say, without a doubt, that it is everywhere. I am reminded of the lyrics to the old Buffalo Springfield tune from 1967, For What It’s Worth.

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you’re always afraid
Step out of line, the men come and take you away

Until we get this sorted out, my best suggestion is to smile for the camera and don’t do anything that you wouldn’t want to see broadcast on the Six o’clock News.

  6 comments for “Information Gathering

  1. December 17, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    I had a very good reason to think about these issues tonight, and then I come upon this post! Guess I’ll just smile and move on … otherwise I’ll get a headache 🙂


    • December 18, 2014 at 7:07 AM

      Good idea. I like Steven Wright’s advice: At least once a day go outside, look up at the sky and smile for the Spy Satellites.

      Liked by 1 person

      • December 18, 2014 at 9:01 AM

        LOL good one! Not to mention the drones [I watch Homeland]


      • December 18, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        Spyglasses—watch out for people who wear glasses (a la Mystery Diners on FoodTV).

        Liked by 1 person

  2. December 17, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Jumped right into Music video and got hypnotized by Neil Young’s mutton chops. Then my husband gave me a history lesson on the songs origins in the 66 Sunset strip riots which look a lot like Downtown Berkeley today. Thanks for the conversation starter !!!


    • December 17, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      Thanks for checking in, Carol, and cudos to your husband for having the down-low on the history of the song’s origins. Individually we don’t know it all, but together we know a lot!


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