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Thursday, October 30, 2014

.:. Holding on .:.

      Hello !

                     


If you have read my previous blog entries on my out burst of feelings ...

I'm not just all about that you know 
  
Life moves on and I got to get going!



I'm not going to sit down and feel sad for myself anymore,

there are plenty of things out there to discover and learn.  




No one else loses out except 
for me if keep crying over spilled milk.  

Like in this gif for example, toppling over seems bad but something good eventually happens in the end. WE all need to stay positive!     



"When one door closes, another opens.
"


I made tons of plans for myself after my semester ends, and to give you a clue...

It has something to do with NEW YORK in it !!!

Hurray! Now more sad hovering over me!





Not matter what happens, no one should ever stay sad. 
 That's including you !


So go on write your very own adventures and step out into the deep unknown, the world is your oyster. Savour it and squeeze out every last drop. Things are waiting to happen but it is not going to wait forever.





I bid you all a very Good Night 
                                                        &
                                                                   dream of wonderful dreams  !!!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

My Blogging Challenge

Hello people out there ! 


                           
      
                          I would like to challenge myself to blog at least one a week !

(From today onwards) 


I will be pretty much blogging about everything, just to name a few: life events, technology, places/travel, product reviews and so on.


~


Through the course of this, I hope that I'll be able to improve on my writing and my self expression.


Eventually captivating the minds many people, hopefully !!! ^_^



Good Night 
Have a Wonderful Weekend Everyone! 


Monday, October 13, 2014

Privacy Implications of Prepaid Cellphones

People make a commotion about their information being tracked, stored and used for various reasons . The internet isn't the only means of transferring information back and forth that I had discussed here & here. (although most of the technology now do use it more than others)



Advancing through the technological age, people are bound to be even more immersed in a life full of silicon chips & wireless connections. Implying that, the more technology we carry, the more we are being watched.





Now, nobody likes to be watched 24/7 literally or not. We all need our own space to be just who we are without jugde-ful eyes. Which brings about the issue on privacy, like I said here. Everyone craves it and there is nobody in the world who does not need it.

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The invasion of privacy can be viewed in 2 ways:


  1. The information gathered about someone is used against them or for wrong doings i.e. crime.
  2. The information gathered about someone is used for the benefit of everyone else including the person in question.

I won't be discussing view number 1 in this post because I already have done so here.


  • Now lets use an example to illustrate the view that is labeled number 2:




Mobile service providers have been offering prepaid cellphone services for a lot of years now, & is considered one of the most marketable business areas of any company of this sort. Offering attractive plans of variable costs and features that suit personal preferences. 




The great thing about prepaid services are that, there isn't a legal bonding with the customer, as in a contract that a customer must comply with in accordance with the mobile service being used. e.g. the user must use the service for at least 2 years before cancelling the service or otherwise they would have to be subjected to a cancellation fee.   

Due to this, there are no billing records in detail associated with prepaid cellphone services. Basically Nothing about the user is recorded. Anyone could buy it over the counter (sundry shops, convenient stores, not necessarily mobile carrier branches) in a matter of minutes, hassle free.

Only until recently a few years back, while I was in middle school, say around 2006. People who sold prepaid cellphone services had the obligation set foot by mobile carriers to record down the IDs of people who bought a prepaid phone number & report back. 

Before this, there was a lot of crime associating with the un-identifiability of criminals using prepaid phones. e.g calling for ransom & plotting scams using prepaid phones. To minimise whatever crime that could arise from this, all mobile services now can be traced and tracked down. 

If you noticed, the collection of accurate personal data about people help make the community a better place. As in the matter of the issue above, it helped deter crime. Because someone knows you have this number, and it is recorded in your name that this specific number is yours indicating that you bought it with your ID and from which store. The chances of you committing crime or escaping blame for example is very unlikely. Of course, they wouldn't tell you things like these or go through the possible events that might occur with you handing over your information before buying the service. 



Some legitimate uses of prepaid cellphones could be, like if you forgot to pay your monthly postpaid service bills and needed a phone temporary; travelling in a new country and you need some form of reliable communication system with your travel companions or with home (there isn't always free wifi); or you just needed an extra phone number to have in case of an emergency but don't want to go through the hassle of getting a contract, the list goes on. 

Now think about it, there is a fair trade here of give and take and weighing the benefits with the cons. If you were to willing to surrender some bit of your personal information in order to use a service and by giving up this information about yourself you could help make it fair to all others implying that whoever buys it needs to register. Speak of which, could help deter crime and trace delinquents acting out then why wouldn't you not give out your information? The possible abuse of this is discussed here, but I am ignore that for now and I am idealistically picturing that people who keep and manage the database are rational and morally constraint. 

Establishing this as a law is I believe, applied in Malaysia. As seen over the years, crimes associating with prepaid service has dramatically dropped in that country. However criminals are getting smarter and working around the obstacle but, this is just something out of the topic for now. 

As Malaysia is realistic example of the positive feedback from registering prepaid phone users, I strongly agree that other countries should follow in it's steps in promoting a safe 
environment through this method. 
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I do believe this is the way (not only the way) to keep crime at bay. Hence, the intrusion of privacy is sometimes necessary, as a positive right.














Sunday, October 12, 2014

✵ Implantable Identifiers

Keeping track of anything that is valuable to anyone has always been the main priority. People go through great lengths to keep their material objects safe from anyone who is untrustworthy and could intentionally do harm it.

So when your child becomes the subject of this matter, wouldn't you go the extra mile to protect them, more than your material objects?




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The above images are just used for illustration purposes.



Global positioning systems (GPS), cellphones, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and with the innumerable people using iPhones, tracking people's every move is now not a question of can they do it but a question of should we?

Despite having to answer that question, many manufactures, mobile service providers and even apps track information on our whereabouts and store them locally on our devises or, are transferred to servers. This substantial amount of information can lead to potential threats in privacy.

People could misuse this information and could even use it against you. A person doesn't have to be paranoid to think about the possible uses of that information whether for good or bad. There was already an uproar when people found out Google was storing search queries of users in 2006.




Sure, you are probably guessing. Hey, I didn't do nothing bad. Why should I be worried? All I searched for are good things like how to bake a cake or like the weather. As for tracking your location, you would probably say, the places I go to are back and forth from work/school, grocery stores and occasionally the mall. I have nothing to hide.

Everyone is concerned about privacy, no matter how much they deny or contradict their claims on the issue. How would you like if you handed me your google account? Since you have nothing to hide, and I could scroll through your google search history, or Any online account for that matter. I strongly believe that no one would actually do this, because we are all concerned about privacy. If you do change your mind, go ahead and email it to me.

This is a great point that Glenn Greenwald had pointed out in a TED talk, I just changed the analogy a little. Not claiming that it's mine.



So how does the above relate to tracking the whereabout of children?
Well, essentially having a tracking devise (e.g. smart phone) on a child's body is like having all their online accounts and monitor everything that they do.

We already have major companies & the government overseeing our every move and now we want the added pressure on children?

Needless to say, people have already started tracking their livestock & pets using implanted computer chips, because any loving pet owner would be worried to the max if their cat/dog didn't come home for dinner.

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I am not comparing children with pets or livestock, but naturally anyone would be extremely worried if their child went missing. To prevent this problem from ever happening, People have started to implant microchips into their children's bodies. If it does happen, not saying to anyone that it will for sure, the pursue of finding their missing child would be a whole lot easier. Plus, parents get the aided advantage of knowing the location of their child at all times.



Now, there's a few problems with this.




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1.     People would get complaisant and rely on the technology. You would probably see more kids out and about in public places if this technology does become preferably popular. 

2.     As the child grows up, would they be allowed the choice of removing it so they don't have to be mothered all the time. I certainly can foresee this happening. 


3.     In regards to the issue above, should children be told that they have a chip implanted in them? (Think if you were in their parent's position)

4.     Concerning issue number 1, would this potentially bring about more child molesters? Maybe they could work around the system, and use handheld devises to scan over a child body to see if they had a chip implanted. 


5.     WHERE would the chip be implanted on the child's body? It should be somewhere hard to remove, am I right? 
6.     Doesn't this profoundly violates the child's privacy? They may not be able to think for themselves yet but they have a right to be left alone. Does this mean going against their will?

7.     Would children grow up to be tremendously depended on their parents because of this?

8.     Children could grow up with the mindset that they don't need to worry about the safety.


9.     Parents would probably think that, they could lower their guards down and focus more on work.


10.  There is a high chance that the government may want to impose this system legally on kids under the age of 5.  ~ My views are on this in this link

I could go on and on about the issues of using this system to keep track of your kids but I don't think it would ever end. 


Anyway, I totally would think that teenagers would Not want this implanted in them. 
When I was a teen, I was absolutely rebellious. So putting myself in that position, and on behalf of all teenagers out there with similar thinking, it's a definite NO answer. 

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So far as for now, I do not see the benefits outweighing the risks and problems that would arise from using such a system. Children need to learn how to be independent and think for themselves, Knowing what's right from wrong, To know how to have constraints and have limits, Keep with curfews, etc.

Sure, parents will have a piece of mind. Sleepless nights worrying won't be an issue anymore and parents could always have reassurance if their child does go wondering about without their knowledge. Parents do have the right to know the whereabouts of their children but not through a way of implicitly knowing. Think about it, children would always have to assume that they are constantly watched which could alter their true behaviour. Even though it would make them more compliant. Would you rather have a child that express him/her-self truly as themselves or just someone who unquestionably obeys?

You are probably thinking at this point, that this author does not have the right amount of credibility to be listened to since I am not a mother, and I do not have kids. However I was a kid once, and I know that from learning anything, there is no easy way to it and we all need persistent coaching and advise from our loving parents. We need to trust one another, that's what relationships are all about.

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Plus we all go through this phase in life, and by using a system like this to shortcut our way through it is never going to be a steadfast solution.


All that has been mentioned here are my personal opinions and are based on adequate researching that I have done. If you have any views on this, you are welcome to comment!  

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The Government and ID Chips ✵

Like I mentioned    in an earlier post, the government may want to impose embedding ID chips  to track the whereabouts of children. 

Children under the age of 5 are be subjected to this because they are vulnerable to harm and can't yet speak for themselves. Children within this group usually construct sentences after about 1 years old (source).

In favour of the government, they would want to do this merely for the benefit and the welfare of people. Also, the fact that child abductions are a major problem.

 According to this, 
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) reports that, every year, more than 200,000 children are abducted by family members. An additional 58,000 are taken by nonrelatives with primarily sexual motives. However, only 115 reported abductions represent cases in which strangers abduct and kill children, hold them for ransom, or take them with the intention to keep (source).  


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Not only could they keep children at bay from harm, but they could also do statistics on the figures of children reported to have a chip implanted. Benefits range from strengthening national security to help aid marketing.

This all sounds like a really good idea, but with whatever technology out there that was intended for good, there is always the window of opportunity for malicious acts. 

Here are just a few of the issues that I think would hinder this from being imposed:

1.   Invincible information gathering: the government may be collecting data off these children without the parents or anyone else knowing. The microchips may be sophisticated enough to measure the temperature of the child, heart rate, sleeping patterns and so on.

2.   Cover up for an undisclosed experiment on children?

3.   The information on children's home location and frequently visited locations could pose a threat if it was given to the wrong hands. It would become more of a disadvantage than an advantage if say, the database was hacked by hackers and the data was sold to child molesters.

4.   Personal information about a child could be inadvertently placed on the Internet and there would be no control over whoever has the information. Speaking of which, how trustworthy are the staff that deals with information like these?

5.   There would be protests if these children weren’t allow to remove the microchips when they come of age. If people weren’t allowed to object to having it removed and subsequent generations have to have it, then could this be the beginning of tyranny?

I am not completely saying that the idea of having microchips implanted in children is a bad idea but what I trying to point out is that so far the cons outweigh the benefits and only until proven otherwise then it should be allowed. 


Therefore as of now, I do not support this idea.