Friday, March 21, 2008

At Least They Tell The Truth About It

Company promises to monitor your every internet activity

"Amid debate over how much data companies like Google and Yahoo should gather about people who surf the Web, one new company is drawing attention — and controversy — by boasting that it will collect the most complete information of all.
The company, called Phorm, has created a tool that can track every single online action of a given consumer, based on data from that person’s Internet service provider. The trick for Phorm is to gain access to that data, and it is trying to negotiate deals with telephone and cable companies, like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, that provide broadband service to millions.
Phorm’s pitch to these companies is that its software can give them a new stream of revenue from advertising. Using Phorm’s comprehensive views of individuals, the companies can help advertisers show different ads to people based on their interests.
“As you browse, we’re able to categorize all of your Internet actions,” said Virasb Vahidi, the chief operating officer of Phorm. “We actually can see the entire Internet.”

So what if I visit Girls Gone Wild!


Blogger Nina. Or is it Norman? said...

I wonder if people like that ever stop to think they will be monitored as well. These folks, like the police, teachers, journalists, makers and promoters of vaccines, GM foods....businesses focused on surveillance and such are promoting a system they and their children/grandchildren will be living under. Honest to god, do any of them EVER stop and think about such things?

22/3/08 10:43 AM  
Anonymous nick z. said...

Honest to god, do any of them EVER stop and think about such things?

The potential for power-abuse is what worries me the most. Surveillance technology like this will always be used by wealthy people against the poor competition, to give them an advantage, and as we all know well enough, wealth equals power, in more ways than one.

What I am suggesting is, in the cases of the wealthy ruling-class implementers of the police-state, they may find ways around it, either with secret technology or granting themselves some kind of special immunity, such as the kind that only extremely wealthy people can afford.

Furthermore, big money always makes the difference when it comes to laws pertaining to anything short of cold-blooded murder (and in some cases, even those). So, in the final analysis, wealthy people really do have less to worry about than middle and lower-class people.

That's one of the reasons why I continuously insist that the culture war has evolved into a regular class-war, and the wealthy ruling-class is using every means at its disposal to destroy the middle and lower-class competition.

22/3/08 1:14 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

Fear based, predatory control. The system really is devolving into a pyramid-like structure, and I'm afraid not many of us have much of a view.

22/3/08 7:34 PM  
Anonymous nick z. said...

Check this out. I started a blog and one of the latest posts pertaining to this subject is very interesting.

O.B.I.T. (episode 7 of the original Outer Limits)

23/3/08 7:22 PM  

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