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  • 1. The New Dangers of the Mobile World
    By: Mark Tremblay
    Image by Phil Roeder
  • 2. We’re witnessing a shift away from desktops and laptops onto mobile devices.
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  • 3. The figures don’t lie, in January to March of 2010 alone, 314.7 million phones were sold.
    Source: The Growth of Mobile: Stats and Figures will Shock You
    Image by Bradley P Johnson
  • 4. Currently over 70 percent of the world’s population now owns a mobile phone.
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  • 5. A child is more likely to own a mobile phone than a book.
    Image by TammraMcCauley
    Source: The Growth of Mobile: Stats and Figures will Shock You
  • 6. It’s easy to see why the shift has occurred, mobile phones are multi-functional; people can call others, SMS, do online banking, check the news, and purchase products.
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  • 7. But with all these luxuries come many disturbing problems
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  • 8. The first problem comes from applications like Foursquare; a social network were people “check-in”to places they visit.
    Image by DP Styles
  • 9. It acts like a 24 hour surveillance system in which people can’t go anywhere without others knowing.
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  • 10. “I realized I didn’t want people knowing where I was lunching, what time I was leaving work, or whether I had night time plans.” Barry Lowenthal
    Image by Smemom87
    Source: There’s Nowhere to Hide
  • 11. Applications like Foursquare also promote negative human behaviours like narcissism and self-absorption. People become obsessed with advertising themselves like a “brand.”
    Image by James Cridland
  • 12. “I wasn’t sure that my real whereabouts were reinforcing the image I wanted the world to conjure up when they thought of me.” Barry Lowenthal
    Image by Mrs. Gemstone
    Source: There’s Nowhere to Hide
  • 13. The second problem created in a mobile world is the invasion of privacy in regards to the law.
    Image by Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com
  • 14. Is it legal for police to do a random cellphone check?
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  • 15. “When you consent to have your smartphone searched, you’re also giving up data on all your contacts, who haven’t consented” Charles Arthur
    Image by Ed Yourdon
    Source: Smartphone not so Smart
  • 16. The third problem is privacy invasion found within the devices themselves, researchers recently revealed that IPhones store locations co-ordinates and timestamps on owner’s movement.
    Image by Zapple Dot
    Source: IPhone Keeps Track of Everywhere you go
  • 17. This means if anyone ever stole someone’s IPhone, they could discover all sorts of details about the owner’s movement using a simple program.
    Image by Jason A White
    Source: IPhone Keeps Track of Everywhere you go
  • 18. “Location is one of the most sensitive elements in anyone’s life.” Simon Davies
    Image by Husky
    Source: IPhone Keeps Track of Everywhere you go.
  • 19. Apple actually has permission to all of this data; at the end of its 15 200 condition agreement for iTunes, there is an 86 word paragraph on “location-based services”.
    Image by E.R.I.N
    Source: IPhone Keeps Track of Everywhere you Go
  • 20. Privacy invasion has also captured on with Google who have admitted to capturing and saving WI-FI data.
    Image by Richard Masoner
    Source: IPhone Keeps Track of Everywhere you Go
  • 21. The final problem with the mobile world is its effect on people’s basic common sense.
    Image by Tim Raferty
  • 22. This year, 1 500 people had been fined 167$ dollars in Vancouver for texting while driving. In 2010, 17 000 drivers were charged in Toronto.
    Image by Oregon DOT
    Source: Does Texting While Driving Make Sense to you?
  • 23. Have we become so plugged in that we‘ve forgotten the basic rules of driving school “Always pay attention to the road, avoid distractions.”
    Image by DRB62
  • 24. “We already have the most sophisticated machine known to man (the brain). If that doesn’t work, no app will.” Andrew Clark
    Image by Stuart Frisby
    Source: Does Texting While Driving Make Sense to you?
  • 25. Some feel, myself included, that people text while they drive because they think they’re very important and that people think very highly of them.
    Image by TAKA@P.R.S
  • 26. What do you think? Are we going to see an improvement of these issues or will things get worse?
    Image by KonradFoerstner
  • 27. Credits
    All images are licensed under the Creative Commons Non-Commercial Share-Alike 3.0 agreement, and sourced from Flikr

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