On January 9, 2018, Kodak ($KODK) announced that it was launching a “major blockchain initiative and cryptocurrency.” Their stock jumped from $3.10 per share on January 8th, to a high of $13.28 (closing at $10.70) January 10th, inflating the market cap from $132M to $455M.
I was re-reading Bill Gates’ Trustworthy Computing Memo, when I came across an apparent anachronism: a reference to the attacks of September 11th, 2001. I was certain that the memo predated 9/11. A doubletake at the timestamp confirmed that Gates sent it out January 15th 2002.
Trigger Warning: tortured metaphors
TL;DR: Oppression drives surveillance, not vice versa. Mass surveillance is a lagging symptom of a government that is abusing its charge, not a leading indicator of trouble down the road. It is not a warning sign of what the…