Privassy (sic)

"Drone with GoPro digital camera mounted underneath - 22 April 2013" by Don McCullough from Santa Rosa, CA, USA - Drone and Moon. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

When I first read about the script (which purportedly locates Google glass devices on the local WiFi network and disconnects them), I had an uneasy feeling about it, but couldn’t pinpoint precisely why.

Then, several days later, I saw this video where 23 year old Andrea Mears physically assaulted and allegedly made false accusations against a drone pilot on a beach.  (Ironically enough, if the assault hadn’t been caught on video, she would probably have gotten away with it.)

I finally figured out what’s been bothering me about all this– many people have inaccurate expectations of privacy when they are out in public. They will go to incredible, sometimes even militant, lengths to protect this inaccurate expectation, including impinging upon other people’s legitimate rights, such as NOT BEING BEATEN UP.

Now, if you want to run the script on the Wifi networks for which you are responsible, I think that’s well within your rights.  After all, it is your network.  But if you are out in public, and you are using the to commit denial of service attacks (let’s call this what it really is, all right?) to keep Google Glass wearers from using a third-party and/or public Wi-Fi hotspot, then you are basically one step away from being like Ms. Mears.

Thought Experiment for June 2014

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I’d like to conduct a little thought experiment with your input and feedback. Here’s a topical one:

Let’s say I worked for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs in their IT support staff. I had no knowledge of nor involvement in the recent controversy/allegations about secret waiting lists, false statistics, etc. that may have resulted in the neglect or deaths of veterans. 

My friend, a returned soldier with injuries who isn’t getting the assistance he needs, has told me my employer has harmed him and his family and that our friendship is pretty much over.

Is my friend being unfair? Or should I understand my choice of employers affects my reputation, friendships, etc.?

I look forward to your responses and insights.