The EyeOpener Report- The Tyranny of Smart: Why the smart grid must be resisted & how to do it

Smart technology represents less of a breakthrough in power distribution and more of a revolution in complete, constant, panopticon-like surveillance of everyone. As these smart technologies begin to invade our homes, we are becoming mere nodes in a giant network that we yet but dimly comprehend. Called the "Internet of Things," the plan is to create a network that will eventually include every single object on the planet. And as the public is finally becoming aware, such networks provide golden opportunities for corporations and governments alike to collect data and spy on the population.

Find out about the Smart Grid, why it must be resisted, and how to do it in this week's EyeOpener report with James Corbett.

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  1. Even if smart meters are blocked from being installed in place of existing power meters, the power company could simply install devices at the “other end” of the power lines coming to your dwelling, which would put them out of your control since they are in the easement or otherwise not on your property.

    In that case, if your appliances and thermostats are “smart”, they will still be subject to monitoring and control, smart meter or no. Of course, for every measure there is a counter-measure, so no doubt there will be a market for low-pass filters which people will be able use either at the outlet level or have installed in their service panels, which will block the “smart” signaling.

    I personally don’t see the attraction of being able to control my dishwasher, fridge or washer via signals sent over power lines, and as I pointed out, the technology is easily defeat-able. If household robots become ubiquitous (actually I should say “when”), it will make more sense for them to interface with the washing machine, because they will actually be able to put clothes in and add soap, and so forth. We, in turn, will interface to our robots via the cellular wireless network, which of course is already firmly in the grasp of the Panopticon. So in terms of privacy it’s a wash (no pun intended), but from purely a technological basis there is no future for power line signaling at the residential level, in my opinion.

    The future is what it is. Perhaps someday there will be tools and alternatives which block data collection without greatly inconveniencing or complicating our daily life, and hooray for that if we can pull it off. But for now at least, the best security is obscurity.

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