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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Nothing private

When your life is an open book, others get less snoopy.

Hasan Elahi, the Bangladeshi-born American found that out the hard way. The US government mistakenly listed him on its terrorist watch list where once you're on, it's hard to get off. Wading through those turbulent times he discovered the best way to protect his privacy is - to give it away. Now he does it in style, by making his life an open book – he webcasts his life 24 / 7 in his site to convince the Feds of his innocence. A GPS device in his pocket reports his real-time physical location on a map.
Extreme transparency ?

Not so sure, but a nice way to keep off Guantanamo bay for nationalistically suspect. Elahi also figures the day is coming when so many people shove so much personal data online that it will put Big Brother out of business. Plus, no ambitious agent is going to score a big intelligence triumph by snooping into your movements when there's a Web page broadcasting the Big Mac you ate four minutes ago in Boise, Idaho. [ Hat tip : Vinnie Mirchandani ]

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