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Since GPS tracking was recently ruled unconstitutional, the State department is looking to exploit alternative avenues of surveillance.  The nation's top spy boss has an eye towards 'smart' devices:

More and more personal and household devices are connecting to the internet, from your television to your car navigation systems to your light switches. CIA Director David Petraeus cannot wait to spy on you through them.

Earlier this month, Petraeus mused about the emergence of an “Internet of Things” — that is, wired devices — at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital firm. “‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies,” Petraeus enthused, “particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft.”

All those new online devices are a treasure trove of data if you’re a “person of interest” to the spy community. Once upon a time, spies had to place a bug in your chandelier to hear your conversation. With the rise of the “smart home,” you’d be sending tagged, geolocated data that a spy agency can intercept in real time when you use the lighting app on your phone to adjust your living room’s ambiance.

“Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters — all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing,” Petraeus said...

Fifty years after DARPA invented the internet, a former Defense chief is pursuing its unlimited surveillance potential.  Any 'person of interest', or truth seeker, who gets caught in the spiderweb of 'info-warfare' is likely to find their own camera, microphone and network enabled devices used upon them, collateral psychological damage be damned.

The line is also blurring between electricity and internet, with data layers of up to 500 Mbps being run across power lines.  The technology has become so potent that cyber-alarmists are predicting electrical apocalypse:

“We're in a state of crisis,” said Chalk. “The front door is open and there is no lock to be had. There is not a power meter or device on the grid that is protected from hacking - if not already infected - with some sort of trojan horse that can cause the grid to be shut down or completely annihilated.”

“One of the most amazing things that has happened to mankind in the last 100 years is the Internet. It's given us possibility beyond our wildest imagination. But we also know the vulnerabilities that exist inside of it. And then we have the backbone, the power grid that powers our nations. Those two are coming together. And it's the smart meter on your home or business that's now allowing that connectivity.”

Chalk also issued a challenge to governments, media and technology producers to show him one piece of digital technology that is hack-proof.

Years after Rumsfeld expanded the Pentagon's full spectrum dominance, Petraeus' political position highlights the synergy between spy and soldier.  As artificial intelligence improves, the next question may be who controls the intersection of jarhead and 'droid.
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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    What we are seeing today is not an aberration; the aberration is only that we are seeing it, and what we are seeing is still not most of it.

    by The Anomaly on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 07:41:15 PM PDT

  •  Sure seems the lines of ownership and (1+ / 0-)
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    cotterperson

    exactly what is personal property are being stretched, blurred, and actually erased more and more these days.

    -- We are just regular people informed on issues

    by mike101 on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 08:19:15 PM PDT

  •  Google is going to know when I do my (2+ / 0-)
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    laundry? I'm always amazed that everyone's head explodes over potential governmental monitoring of all data (rightly worrisome) but give huge corporations a pass.

    Rick Perry is George Bush without brains.

    by thestructureguy on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 10:04:22 PM PDT

    •  Not all of us. (4+ / 0-)

      I've degoogled myself. I shut down my longterm (yeeeeears) gmail account. I never had google maps enabled on my phone. I  now use use bing, which, to be frank, sucks.

      Chrome? Gone.
      Google toolbar? Gone, which is why my spelling here is so bad these days. Translate? ¡Adiós!

      I'm careful to spread the rest of my Internet use across corporations. Apple gets my phone, but that's it (and with GPS disabled for all apps.). Yahoo gets my email, and that's it. Microsoft gets my search and does a crappy job of it. But that's how it goes.

      Google infuriated me, with its stalking "privacy" policy, so it gets nada.

      I trust the government more than I trust corporations. Bureaucracy is not nearly as efficient in aggregating information that it already has, and generally not so cold about how it will use it (compare the US military to Blackwater/Xe. Whom would you prefer showing up at your door in the middle of the night?) but that's not saying a whole heck of a lot.

      I live the most boring life ever. And I trust no one.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 11:06:18 PM PDT

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    •  Yeah, what does Google have to do with the gov? (2+ / 0-)
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      The bourgeoisie had better watch out for me, all throughout this so called nation. We don't want your filthy money, we don't need your innocent bloodshed, we just want to end your world. ~H.R.

      by chipmo on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 05:58:15 AM PDT

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