Does Eric Schmidt move the Google “creepy line” about as often as the White House moves the Ukrainian red line or is drawing lines passe’ when you can cognitively infiltrate the meat of the matter and get to the valuable organs?
Excerpts from The Guardian article:
Schmidt said the following at SXSW in Austin -
“What’s happened in the last year is the governments have figured out you don’t turn off the internet: you infiltrate it. The new model for a dictator is to infiltrate and try to manipulate it. You’re seeing this in China, and in many other countries.”
“In the book, we actually say that revolutions are going to be easier to start, but harder to finish.”
He suggested that governments have realized that simply trying to block internet access for citizens is unlikely to end well – partly because it shows that they’re “scared” – which may encourage more people onto the streets, not less. Hence the infiltration approach.
Schmidt was pressed on the last year’s revelations of surveillance by agencies including the National Security Agency (NSA) in the US, and GCHQ in the UK.
“The solution to this is to encrypt data at multiple points of source. We had already been doing this, but we accelerated our activities,” he said.
“We’re pretty sure right now that the information that’s inside of Google is safe from any government’s prying eyes, including the US government’s… We were attacked by the Chinese in 2010, we were attacked by the NSA in 2013. These are facts.”
So, the guy who sold your personal information down the river does get some bonus points for currently available levels of encryption that can be achieved on Google. However, if Dave’s understanding of this is correct, you have to know how to use some of these available encryption enhancements if you want to opt out. For example if you want your emails encrypted you have to know how to set up this configuration in Google as it doesn’t happen automatically. In my opinion, it’s similar to the Facebook “Lean In” doctrine and the Cass Sunstein/Hegelian synthetic approach. If you don’t know how to opt-out or if you don’t “choose” to opt-out then you’re opted in and the unwanted observers are “leaning in” by default and your information is fair game for monetization and exploitation.
Whose idea was it to “cognitively infiltrate” the web? Dave suspects it’s the same fellow who has a plan to connect President Obama’s new MyRA retirement account program with a default opt-in vital organ donation program. Here’s Cass Sunstein on cognitive infiltration of the web and your body. It doesn’t take a genius to see the pattern of just how infectious the default opt-in creepy line protocol functions. Ironically, his wife Samantha Powers has been overseeing the Russian infiltration of the Ukraine. Small world.
Mrs. Cass Sunstein aka Samantha Powers says “There is nothing that justifies Russian conduct.”