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They are Watching You


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Humanity has seen an explosion of technology over the span of almost no time. We have gone from computers being mechanical devices for crunching trajectories to computers making decisions on whether or not we are dressing fashionably. We have also seen an explosion of services that resolve around massive amounts of data about ourselves. At the same time we see developers working on Tor, ad blockers, privacy tools, and ways to keep your data yours. Programmers just like us are building these systems. What are our moral obligations to the technology that we are building? Strap on your tinfoil hat and [REDACTED]

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They are Watching You

  1. 1. They Are Watching You By Chris Tankersley
  2. 2. Please turn off your cell phones, and put them away
  3. 3. The Internet is a Scary F&$#ing Place
  4. 4. We’re all here because we want to make tools to help people
  5. 5. We’re all here because we love writing software
  6. 6. As Software Developers, What are our Moral Obligations?
  7. 7. They Are Watching You
  8. 8. Sometimes we do not think something bad will happen
  9. 9. Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. - Hanlon’s Razor
  10. 10. Sometimes Shawn from Sales really needs those marketing figures
  11. 11. Anything made with the best of intentions can be used with the worst of intentions
  12. 12. 1980s: “Is your refrigerator running?” 2018: “Is your refrigerator listening to your conversations and scanning the barcodes of its contents to establish buying habits to send to Amazon?
  13. 13. It’s baked into the product without your knowledge because $$
  14. 14. Sometimes we want to think of the children
  15. 15. Responsible Encryption
  16. 16. Open Windows and Back Doors Let Everyone In
  17. 17. We Bring It On Ourselves
  18. 18. Our phones make our lives easier
  19. 19. Swarm, Uber, (Android|iOS), Facebook are tracking you
  20. 20. The Internet is a Scary F&$#ing Place
  21. 21. As Software Developers, What are our Moral Obligations?
  22. 22. Pokemon Go Might Be Evil
  23. 23. You can turn your cellphones back on
  24. 24. Thank you