[Freedombox-discuss] Eben was right, iPhone is absolutely no good for activists

john francis lee jfl at robinlea.com
Thu Apr 21 09:06:53 UTC 2011

Same thing goes for android phones. Google is very big on collecting 
EVERYTHING, and selling it. And location is a very saleable item.

On 04/21/2011 02:51:42 PM, Osama Khalid wrote:
> The first thing that came to my mind when I read about iPhone's
> tracking ability[0] was what Eben Moglen said in his keynote in 
> just a couple of months ago:
> > Friends of ours, people seeking freedom, are going to get arrested,
> > beaten, tortured, and eventually killed somewhere on earth because
> > they’re depending for their political survival in their movements
> > for freedom on technology we know is built to sell them out.
> >
> > I don’t want anybody taking life or death risks to make freedom
> > somewhere carrying an iPhone. Because I know what the iPhone can be
> > doing to him without our having any way to control it, stop it, 
> help
> > it, or even know it is going on.
> I feel very bad for those activists in the Arab world (and everywhere
> else) who may be in great danger because of these records.
> Yet another reason why we should work very hard on making the
> Freedombox
> real, deployable and easy-to-use.
> [0]: http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/04/apple-location-tracking.html
> --Osama Khalid

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