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    i wrote about contact tracing apps this week. their value, if any, is to optimise a large testing regime. more interesting is the massive sensor network Apple and Google can whip up just by agreeing on a protocol. it exposes their power. 3.5bn phones suddenly proximity tracking

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    your phone feels like yours, and in many ways it is. but apple and google control it over long timescales, can and do shift the ecosystem to their advantage. i know this is obvious, but the covid bluetooth protocol highlights it for me

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    it is *deeply* weird to me that two American companies control a piece of global infrastructure as important as smartphones. the bluetooth collab makes me wonder, all of a sudden, whether the global public is getting value out of that infrastructure

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    as networked sensors & compute get cheaper, are installed in more places, for more mundane uses, i worry more & more about who controls them. smartphones are the vanguard of this wave of sensors.

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    i don’t worry about privacy. the A/G protocol shows you can do massive tracking and sensing in a privacy preserving way. i worry about controlling human behaviour with digital systems. that’s ultimately what the A/G system is for. what behaviour control systems are coming next?

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