RFID tags: the mark of the beast

Revelation 13:16-18 says that followers of the Beast “receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads,” which allows them to buy and sell goods. Certain biblical sects have taken this to mean RFID chips or identity cards.Other non-believers think John was a bit too fond of funny mushrooms and shouldnt be taken too seriously.

I’d say; give this girl a copy of Doctorows book; Little Brother

via Texan schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag • The Register.

WordPress trojans

I am highly disappointed by the trojan-style of WordPress to instal tracking software on self-hosted websites.
WordPress provides a really nice plugin named Jetpack; it provides al kinds of useful tools for the owners of a self-hosted WordPress blog. But the way to pay for this functionality is to secretly track visitors and sell that data to advertising companies. This is a sharp contrast with the open and free spirit of WordPress that millions have come to love. The Software is also used on WordPress.com were the company hosts hundreds and thousands of blogs for people for free. This is their own domain where I can understand such a practice. But to sneak third-party tracking software onto the websites of people who made a decision to host their own software seems very wrong to me.

The tracking company behind WordPress and this plugin is Quantcast.
In their own words:

“Quantcast measures and organizes the world’s audiences in real-time so advertisers can buy, sell and connect with the people who matter most to them. Used by the top 10 media agencies, the world’s largest brands and more than half of the top advertising supported publishers, Quantcast connects the planning, buying, and media fulfillment processes, delivering the marketplace’s most consistent and accountable audiences.”

I started a topic on the WordPress.org forum about this and hopefully it will spark a discussion. Join in there or leave your comments below:

WordPress › Support » Quantcast.

UPDATE: after a serious talk with myself I decided to delete the Jetpack plugin from this blog. I still have PHP-stats to see no-one is visiting 😉

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2 billion connected, 1 billion on Facebook

There were 2.3 billion Internet users worldwide at the end of 2011, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo, said in his address to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which opened in Baku, Azerbaijan. In addition, mobile broadband reached more than 1 billion subscriptions, while the use of fixed broadband was estimated at 590 million subscriptions.

United Nations News Centre.

This morning, there are more than one billion people using Facebook actively each month. If you’re reading this: thank you for giving me and my little team the honor of serving you.
Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life. I am committed to working every day to make Facebook better for you, and hopefully together one day we will be able to connect the rest of the world too.

From an article on Mashable

Electing a President in a Microtargeted World

And how has the digital space changed what you do?It’s a really intriguing space for us, because we’ve spent so much time and effort trying to get information out of people, calling them, knocking on their doors, etc. And now suddenly, through Twitter and Facebook and other online social networking, people are volunteering this information in huge tidal waves we’ve never seen before.

read the entire story here