Saturday, April 19, 2014
GOOGLE vs. the NSA
In the past no government had the power to keep its citizens under constant surveillance.
George Orwell: 1984
My wife and I have been gone from home for a number of days. Today, after a five day hiatus, I turned on my computer and within minutes my disk drive started to whirl and I had a pop-up notice from Norton showed that a download was in progress and was deemed safe.
I clicked the info tab for more information and found that GOOGLE was downloading something named ‘widevinecdmadapter.dll’ into a folder with other GOOGLE downloads that I didn't know existed.
Every other program asks for permission to update or modify its existence on my computer; but GOOGLE does it totally without my knowledge (if it weren't for my Norton virus program.)
This has happened before: perhaps when we download Google Chrome on our machines the permission for shadow downloads is in the fine print of the agreement that we never read but all accept.
Just think of the information that GOOGLE can collect on us: it can read our G-Mail, our Blogs, see our map searches and know our travel plans, catalog our searches, identify our banks and financial info, see our income tax submissions – and have programs running on our cell phones and computers that we are not aware of. Why are we worried about the NSA: our info is out there – much of it hosted by GOOGLE.
Conspiracy theory? No, just a fact. Government information gathering tied in with all the major communication companies is, like global warming, a fact of life. And, like global warming, it has gone too far to be reversed. Our information is out there.
This is the new world we live in that has resulted from global technology. We are in the big brother world and for the most part we remain unconcerned and apathetic.
The similarities to 1984 are startling. But fuck, I am too old to worry about it: my major concern is how I am going to afford new tires for my motorcycle.
The two I value most.