In the US, ICE is using utility usage patterns and other data to locate undocumented immigrants and put them in concentration camps. China has taken things a lot further, and are using facial recognition to locate Muslims and political enemies, put them into concentration camps, and literally harvest their organs.
There's three big things people aren't really aware of:
- The huge and varied amounts of data they regularly provide,
- How this data can provide enough information to "fill in the gaps" in ways that are like magic,
- The fact that machine learning algorithms will always improve and be able to do more with this data.
The US is already putting undocumented immigrants in concentration camps. We have a long history of eugenics (particularly against people of color), internment camps, and didn't the president recently say he wants to build a database of the mentally ill? Fascism is rising around the world, and we're watching the US president test the waters with scaling atrocities.
I've been thinking a lot about how we cluster up per identity. That is to say, if you built a social network, you'd notice people are connected to more people of the same race, social status, sexuality and gender, etc. than average. Like, I'm trans, and I know a whole bunch of trans people, despite general stats saying that's unlikely.
The implications being that these groups are less connected and less "important" to the general world. This distance between marginalized groups and the majority makes it easier for fascist governments to perform actions like mass imprisonment. Like, estimates say 0.3% of adults are transgender. I believe if most of us were disappeared today, it might be trending for a day or two on Twitter, then Trump would say something offensive and unrelated to refresh the news cycle and that'd pretty much be that?
Pretty much everything I've put up here is probably easily linked to my real identity. You could find out where I live with a little bit of effort. Realistically speaking, large government entities can probably find out where I'm typing this (within a few meters), and this is after taking a number of difficult techy steps to reclaim some privacy.
Sorry for rambling, but, does anybody else feel the same way? Or does this sound tin-foil-hat-y?