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The new dangers of the mobile world

  1. 1. The New Dangers of the Mobile World<br />By: Mark Tremblay <br />Image by Phil Roeder<br />
  2. 2. We’re witnessing a shift away from desktops and laptops onto mobile devices.<br />Image by A Magill<br />
  3. 3. The figures don’t lie, in January to March of 2010 alone, 314.7 million phones were sold.<br />Source: The Growth of Mobile: Stats and Figures will Shock You<br />Image by Bradley P Johnson<br />
  4. 4. Currently over 70 percent of the world’s population now owns a mobile phone.<br />Image by Toastyken<br />
  5. 5. A child is more likely to own a mobile phone than a book.<br />Image by TammraMcCauley<br />Source: The Growth of Mobile: Stats and Figures will Shock You<br />
  6. 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.<br />Image by Array Exception<br />
  7. 7. But with all these luxuries come many disturbing problems <br />Image by Digitpedia<br />
  8. 8. The first problem comes from applications like Foursquare; a social network were people “check-in”to places they visit.<br />Image by DP Styles<br />
  9. 9. It acts like a 24 hour surveillance system in which people can’t go anywhere without others knowing.<br />Image by Fimoculous<br />
  10. 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<br />Image by Smemom87<br />Source: There’s Nowhere to Hide<br />
  11. 11. Applications like Foursquare also promote negative human behaviours like narcissism and self-absorption. People become obsessed with advertising themselves like a “brand.”<br />Image by James Cridland<br />
  12. 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<br />Image by Mrs. Gemstone<br />Source: There’s Nowhere to Hide<br />
  13. 13. The second problem created in a mobile world is the invasion of privacy in regards to the law.<br />Image by Mike Licht,<br />
  14. 14. Is it legal for police to do a random cellphone check?<br />Image by CyroA Silva <br />
  15. 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<br />Image by Ed Yourdon<br />Source: Smartphone not so Smart<br />
  16. 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. <br />Image by Zapple Dot<br />Source: IPhone Keeps Track of Everywhere you go<br />
  17. 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. <br />Image by Jason A White<br />Source: IPhone Keeps Track of Everywhere you go<br />
  18. 18. “Location is one of the most sensitive elements in anyone’s life.” Simon Davies<br />Image by Husky<br />Source: IPhone Keeps Track of Everywhere you go.<br />
  19. 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”.<br />Image by E.R.I.N<br />Source: IPhone Keeps Track of Everywhere you Go <br />
  20. 20. Privacy invasion has also captured on with Google who have admitted to capturing and saving WI-FI data. <br />Image by Richard Masoner<br />Source: IPhone Keeps Track of Everywhere you Go<br />
  21. 21. The final problem with the mobile world is its effect on people’s basic common sense.<br />Image by Tim Raferty<br />
  22. 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.<br />Image by Oregon DOT<br />Source: Does Texting While Driving Make Sense to you?<br />
  23. 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.”<br />Image by DRB62<br />
  24. 24. “We already have the most sophisticated machine known to man (the brain). If that doesn’t work, no app will.” Andrew Clark <br />Image by Stuart Frisby<br />Source: Does Texting While Driving Make Sense to you?<br />
  25. 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. <br />Image by TAKA@P.R.S<br />
  26. 26. What do you think? Are we going to see an improvement of these issues or will things get worse?<br />Image by KonradFoerstner<br />
  27. 27. Credits<br />All images are licensed under the Creative Commons Non-Commercial Share-Alike 3.0 agreement, and sourced from Flikr<br />