Archives for : privacy

SHARPE: COVER BOY FOR LOVETT’S CORPORATE RUN

Last month I reported that Governor Angela Lovett had hired media guru Kevin Sharpe as her presidential campaign’s “senior strategist and media advisor.” This week Sharpe’s grizzled mug graces the covers of both Time and Wired, where he’s been dubbed “The Architect” for his role in strategizing Lovett’s path to office.

But read the articles and you’ll find something interesting: the only description of Sharpe’s role is that of masterminding the campaign’s online component—and the only specific contribution he’s credited with is…managing Lovett’s page on the Panjea social network.

Sharpe’s past ties to Panjea and its CEO, Victor Ignacio, aren’t widely known—but they’re known well enough for this move to be considered flat-out brazen. We’re being put on notice: democracy is in the hands of the tech titans and their corporate cronies, and this election is about only two things: (1) information, and (2) how to monetize it. When these people get control of the Oval Office, your  citizenship will effectively cease to exist, except as a rhetorical concept. Better get out there and use it while you still can.

UP NEXT: THE “INTERNET OF THINGS”—MORE CONTROL, LESS FREEDOM

Imagine a world where everything you own—your kitchen appliances, your garage door, your freakin’ toilet—is connected to a data center so you can control them from your smartphone. Of course their data will also be collected, analyzed and monetized by major corporations. Maybe you get greater control of your possessions…but ultimately, someone else gets greater control of you.