so those suspiciously similarly worded denials that all proclaimed to “provide no direct access” to PRISM were really just a a lesson in how to say something without really saying anything at all. i’m sure you’re shocked, *shocked*, that tech companies are now conceding to the surveillance program. much of the focus has been on social networks, but with apple on the record of claiming “no direct access”, i wonder why more aren’t speculating which hardware manufacturers are providing “no direct access” to webcam streams. and then you’re only a half step away from wondering who is providing “no direct access” to webcam streams that were not initiated by the laptop users themselves. there’s already plenty of evidence that sophisticated laptop surveillance programs exist and it wouldn’t surprise me if they are more tightly integrated into PRISM programs. of course, we’re only talking about foreign surveillance here. unless, presumably, you’re close to one of the dots.
the myth of the disconnected life does a great job providing historical context to the “disconnectors” of today and how mobile technology can help, “develop deep and meaningful relationships to the spaces we move through and the people we connect with.” i was clumsily making the former point about historical context in a recent panel on human relations and “new media” and technology and forgot to reinforce the latter more strongly. perfect material for the follow-up panel i’ve been invited to! ( the article’s author wrote, Mobile Interface Theory: Embodied Space and Locative Media which looks like an interesting read )