You have to be encouraged by the latest initiative by some big players in Silicon Valley to talk to the government regarding the over reaching of the NSA when it comes to surveillance of private citizens. As we have mentioned in many reports, the NSA’s global digital spying network is huge. It accessed the phone of the prime minister of Germany. It even set up fake accounts on virtual worlds to try and foil up terrorist plots. It has access the phone activities and internet activities of millions of American citizens. It’s basically everywhere. It’s not to scare out of one’s wits, it truly is mind boggling (the amount of surveillance the US government can do).
Thanks to the famed whistle blower, Edward Snowden, we now had an idea of the tip of the iceberg. We can’t see the whole iceberg yet, but we can see the tip looks really, really nasty. So we tip our hats to the delegation of Silicon Valley executives that are trying to talk to the US government regarding government surveillance reform. They want a certain protocol and they want a certain framework put together to at least give people some semblance of peace of mind regarding their online privacy.
With that said, this all smells like hypocrisy. Sure there are certain Silicon Valley players that aren’t really in the privacy mining game, but a huge chunk of today’s Silicon Valley thrives on a private enterprise’s ability to mine private information. When you look how a search engine work, you quickly conclude that it really is data mining and a lot of the data that is being indexed, crowled and presented by search engines aren’t intended to be shown but due to the fact that the publishers of these pages were careless or didn’t use the proper tagging or the proper code. Whatever they wrote and whatever they publish is available to people from all four corners of the globe (fair enough), but that is the business model of the new Silicon Valley.
Google wants to indexed everything that you write online. It’s now moving into audio files. It has moved into PDF files. In fact, with its acquisition of YouTube, it has moved on to the videos people shoot. In fact, this is just a tip of the iceberg. There are so many things people can’t record and Google sees dollar signs in being able to collect all that information, index it and slap ads on it. That is Google’s business model. This is why this whole outrage over the NSA’s spying activities, strike many people as fairly shallow self-serving and downright hypocritical.
Silicon Valley makes a pretty penny of people’s private information. So we just want to highlight this weird opposition between big corporate America, pimping peoples private information and big corporate America getting all worried that the US government is intruding too deeply into people’s lives through NSA snooping. Something doesn’t look right here. In fact, Google’s former head Eric Schmidt, is on the record saying something along the lines of ‘If you put something online, you pretty much shit out of luck because there is no delete button on the internet.’ Again, rough paraphrase.
Also, he’s been quoted saying along the lines that Google knows who you are, where you’ve been and pretty much, how you think and what you’re thinking about. Are these empty boasts? Not really. When you go to Gmail and you’re writing an email or you get all sorts of email, related ads will show. Your email highlights how you think and what you’re thinking about. When Google is able to show ads based on your thought patterns, you know there is something wrong with the big picture (Just a wake up call).