(2003 to 2005)

Google watch

Wed Mar 24 05:53:00 UTC+1100 2004


This sort of thing has always been in the back of my head, google really is a privacy disaster.

Still, I don't really care about privacy anymore, it's a lost cause. What I care about is how I am manipulated, controlled, restricted, persecuted or judged.

As long as you leave me alone, you can know whatever you want. It's a risky business, but I spent 5 or 6 years fighting to remain anonymous when interacting online but now I just accept the truth that if I'm online, I'm public, end of story.

Society is going to need to mature in order for this to work, what we will need is more acceptance and compassion in order to deal with all the truths that will surface when people aren't able to hide anymore. It's pretty hard to hide behind lies when people can see the truth. Honesty is the best policy.

Losing your anonymity leaves a constant worry in the back of your head, but after a while it gets mostly pushed out of your consciousness, and you actually feel more liberated than you do when you fight to retain anonymity.

That said, when fockers 'spy' on me, 'identity rape' me or 'profile' me I still get pissed off. Mostly because whoever is doing it is 'anonymous' and 'not accountable'.

Hi, I'm John Elliot. Leave me the fuck alone.


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