I have received a lot of feedback on my conspiracy theory post from last weekend about how social networking sites are the new Total Information Awareness. There were a couple of comments made to the post and I have received a whole bunch of comments via email. I will post some of that soon because there has been some good stuff.
I had another realization about social networking sites the day after my last post: they are populated with a bunch of unpaid government informants. I came about this realization after I received an automated notification that someone on Facebook had tagged a photo with me in it. So even if I don’t put up a bunch of information online for the government to mine – my “friends” can still do it for me.
There has been a bunch of articles in the news lately about people not thinking about what they put up on these sites and how that can come back to haunt you later in life. I think it is also important to remember that other folks can put things online about you as well.In the espionage business, there are four major motivating factors for spies (represented by the acronym MICE):
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PS – To save folks the trouble of hunting around for the photo, here is the picture of “High School Dan” that went up online:
High School Dan:
- Actual age: late-teens
- Apparent age: 5
- Actual age: early thirties
- Apparently age: 12 (progress!)
Photo credits for the high school photo will remain anonymous (unless you want me to put your name up – just let me know)