Category Archives: Technology

Insight into How you are being exploited by Facebook, Google and Others

Corporations are not allowed to destroy civilisation just because it’s more profitable than building civilisation.

Roger McNamee

There is a storm coming for companies like Facebook. It’s going to be a bad one and I for one cannot wait till it rolls in.

I’ve linked below to a great conversation with Roger McNamee and Sam Harris about how major tech companies are misusing our data without permission and without our knowledge. Additionally how promoting anger, hostility, conspiracy over user happiness is good for business.

It’s a great conversation with players who understand the issues, how these issues are negatively affecting us (including you!) and is recommend listening for all. Click the link below to listen or download.

http://wakingup.libsyn.com/152-the-trouble-with-facebook

Are you sharing the custody of your home with companies?

The follow article by Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu is very well researched and written article that looks behind the scenes with what’s happening to all those lovely “smart” devices plugged in the the Internet at your home. Even if you don’t have a “smart home” we all have very smart devices, aka our phones…, sitting with us all the time. This applies to them too.

So have a read, it’s very insightful.

The House That Spied on Me

In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home.” I connected as many of my appliances and belongings as I could to the internet: an Amazon Echo, my lights, my coffee maker, my baby monitor, my kid’s toys, my vacuum, my TV, my toothbrush, a photo frame, a sex toy, and even my bed.

“Our bed?” asked my husband, aghast. “What can it tell us?”

“Our breathing rate, heart rate, how often we toss and turn, and then it will give us a sleep report each morning,” I explained.

“Sounds creepy,” he said, as he plopped down on that bed, not bothered enough to relax instead on our non-internet-connected couch.

I soon discovered that the only thing worse than getting a bad night’s sleep is to subsequently get a report from my bed telling me I got a low score and “missed my sleep goal.” Thanks, smart bed, but I know that already. I feel like shit.

Read on