02.04.2012 21 °C
I have stumbled upon StumbleUpon. More specifically, my brother did and told me about it, and it's saving my 'stay at home mommy' sanity. Remember, a few posts back when I talked about getting lost in those interweb rabbit holes? Yeah. This nifty little tool helps get you out of them.
The thing I like about this one is that it feels 'safe'. Having just erased all my cookies and reduced all of my Facebook privacy settings to 'friends only' after reading a particularly scary Erinpost (she knows who she is) about the depth the internet goes to 'knowing' stuff about you, I think something like StumbleUpon is a breath of fresh air.
I'm not totally ignorant of the fact I'm busy creating a lovely profile for some advertiser or stalker with the right kind of hacker skills by accessing any of the things I do on-line. But I have come to accept that unless I want to be a hermit who lives off the grid, these little invasions of personal space are no longer something we can opt out of entirely - without a brain the size of a planet that is geared to diverting servers and routers through other countries (etc. I don't pretend to know what I'm talking about, I just know it is possible to hide your electronic signature if you're techie enough).
Anyway, have a look at StumbleUpon. If your brain needs stimulation and change as often as mine seems to, it will change your life.
Now. The reason I'm writing a blog about invasion of privacy, is because I live in a country where everyone is monitored. Big brother really is listening and watching here. This knowledge is open source information, but I personally know this because I have experienced the phone getting cut off mid-conversation if any number of trigger words are said. "Israeli Spy" is a particularly good one (random conversation about getting stopped at checkpoints… not at all dodgy when taken in context!). I also suspect my emails and Skype conversations get scanned, to a lesser extent, so anyone I'm speaking to on line, be aware!
My point, is that while they are an awful lot more obvious about it here, this happens everywhere. Even at home. We would be totally naive to think that our safe little Pacific Island paradise is less electronically invasive than anywhere else. I almost prefer knowing about it like we do here because its so blatant. It seems more honest somehow.
Yes, I do realise it's a bit 'conspiracy theory', and I would question if we have anywhere near the same coverage at home, but… it's something to think about.