The Threat

“In fact, this year in Britain we expect about one million households will suffer a traditional property crime like burglary or car theft, and somewhere between three and four million—probably nearer four million—will suffer some kind of fraud, or scam, or abuse, almost all of which are now online or electronic…Now, if you’re prepared to pay the money and buy into the advertising networks, you can buy all sorts of stuff about my clickstream, and find out where I’ve been staying, and what I’ve been spending my money on, and so on. If you’re within the tent of the intelligence agencies, as Snowden taught us, then there is very much more still. There’s my location history, browsing history, there’s just about everything…As far as electoral conflict is concerned, we have seen the progressive adoption of social media techniques and messaging, not just in national elections in America and Britain…There’s going to be a lot of rapid and aggressive development of techniques of intrusive surveillance, of psychological profiling of voters, and micro-targeting of political messages. And we don’t know what the consequences of doing that will be.”

—Anderson, Ross. “The Threat.” The Edge. May 8, 2017.

Interesting throughout. But, perhaps the key takeaway for me, is how warfare, crime, propaganda, etc., have all moved online, and the need to think through many of the implications of that in the “Real World”.

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