Continuing with my friday topic, I'd like to talk about technology, censorship, privacy and internet.
What kind of data is your cell phone company collecting? Malte Spitz wasn't too worried when he asked his operator in Germany to share information stored about him. Multiple unanswered requests and a lawsuit later, Spitz received 35,830 lines of code -- a detailed, nearly minute-by-minute account of half a year of his life.
After watching the vid, being this is happening now (Spitz's exposition on TED is from a couple of days ago) you realize there's a possibility, I'm not saying a conspiracy, but there's a very real possibility for someone to track down and even study any given person (who owns a cellphone and carries it with him all the time, which is basically why cellphones where invented, right?) everyday's conducts and habits. And this isn't a minor thing.
The video's aim isn't to frighten people, on the contrary, it encourages US to take active part on the matter. First, if you don't believe this, Malte Spitz invites you to ask your phone company for the data they hold about you, secondly he invites to think about this and to persist on the fundamental right to your own privacy.
He did convince me, so, I did a little research and it turns out to be a Declaration for Internet Freedom in which it is states as well as demands not only privacy, but also free speech, universal & affordable access to the net, openess and a freeway for innovation. Here's the text --->