Field Guide 0.0

I’m not 100% sure how I’m gonna go about even figuring out how I wanna contribute to this field guide project for the end of the semester. I think I’ll be needing a bit more explanation and discussion of the project in general before I start planning things, y’know? Sounds reasonable, I think.

Can’t say the same for my thesis. Time’s a’tickin.

Buuuuuuuut I’ll figure it out. Always do.

Anyway, I’m also a little fuzzy about these additional posts we have to do? I don’t think we really got to talk about them this week, so… I really don’t know what I’m looking for or what should be going into these smaller posts.

In the meantime, then, I’ll take this time to chat about this whole Trace My Shadow business. After checking off all the boxes that were applicable to me and my technology use, prompting this site to remind me that I’m pretty easily traceable… (and it’s pretty embarrassing, I mean, look at this)

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… I noticed that there was a particular area of my tech use that it mentioned that I’m actually worried about. Geolocation.

I got my new phone near the beginning of last semester, and I was pretty happy with all the fancy options it had, including predictive geolocation notifications. They started popping up a few weeks in, after I started leaving my Location on for convenience’s sake. I’d get out of bed and see a notification saying how long it would take me to get to work. Now, I have my schedule on Google Calendar, home and work set on Google Maps… but I didn’t think that I’d like… allowed it to make the connection to send me notifications as I wake up regarding how bad the traffic to work would be.

It’s… a little scary. I’m not sure that’s exactly the same thing as the geolocation tips Trace My Shadow gives, but… it’s still weird.

Here’s the tip it gives:

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I can see the benefits of having Location on your phone, but also I can definitely see the issues that people can have with it, with companies being able to see the that data and use it for god knows what.

When I post things online (a rare occurrence) I don’t usually put the location unless it was a big event like a concert venue or something.

Which. I guess. Isn’t good?

I mean if the FBI wants to see that I went to Citi Field back in October 2018… I dunno how they’d be able to use that info to mass generalize and use against people.

Anyway. I’ll make note of this and try to less my traces on the internet. Or something.

I wouldn’t say this is particularly dark, since it’s kind of exposing your own issues? But it’s not necessarily light either, since you can be… tracked… I…

I’ll give it a 5 I guess? I guess?????

Alright, I’ll have something more cohesive next week. Hopefully.

Later, y’all.

–Masooch

One comment

  1. There’s plenty of time to plan things; you will not need to pick the topic to work on until April. We are still in the phase of just starting to learn and look at the things to worry about.

    But let’s say you get interest in the way geolocation is used. You might be writing a brief summary of the concept, and how phones give location data based on satellite data, but your computer’s location is known at less resolution by doing a location uplook of the internet address it uses (generally the location of your wireless router).

    The guide part might be some specific things you can do, how to manage the settings on your device to pick the apps/sites that can know your location. And also recognize that there are useful ways this can be used (like getting directions, or weather forecasts or warnings). Suggestions for balancing out the usefulness with the possible dangers.

    What you did here was a perfect response, to examine your own patterns and then to pose some questions.

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