Ken Brown k.brown at ccs.bbk.ac.uk
Mon Nov 11 09:21:15 PST 2002

As always, standards are driven by the mass-market and the mass market
is already speaking on this one. In 18 months time there will be no
difference between mobile phones & cheap digital cameras - all but the
cheapest phones will come with built-in cameras.

Its almost certain that these devices will have GPS location, and
probable that they will have Bluetooth as well. 802.11 less likely
because of power consumption - possible that there will be little "base
stations"  to go Blt <-> WiFi  so the Bluetooth becomes a wireless drop

Realtime video isn't on the horizon unless someone pulls a lot of
bandwidth out of the bag, as ever network speeds grow more slowly than
processing power.

So effectively everybody will be walking around with the ability to take
timestamped photos and transmit them. BrinWorld arrives, at least in
public places.  No policeman gets to bludgeon a demonstrator unrecorded
ever again - expect them to wear visors and helmets increasingly often,
and to remove the identifying marks from uniforms (as, or course, riot
cops and vigilantes have been doing for decades)

The authorities will be able to take down the cell networks - though
they won't be able to do that without causing some publicity.  They
won't be able to confiscate all phones from everyone who is walking the
street. Presumably in high-security situation (like interviews with
presidents or rides on torture planes) phones can be removed from
visitors but they will be rare.  Mobile phones are now so ubiquitous
that taking them away has come to seem as odd as asking visitors to
remove their shoes or to wear face masks. 

Ken Brown

Tyler Durden wrote:
> Well, the rason d'etre of 'eJazeera' as I see it is primarily for
> publically-taken photos and videos to be quickly "gypsied" away from their
> port of origination (ie, the camera that took them), so that they can
> eventually make it into a public place on ye old 'Net. The enabling
> technology as I see it here is802.11b, Wi-Fi. A typical scenario is the case
> of public demonstrations where the local "authorities" are called in, and
> where they get, shall we say, a little overzealous. In many such cases
> (here, New York City, Here, USA, and there--China, etc...), such authorities
> will attempt to confiscate devices that could have captured the events or
> captured the perpetrators (and their badge numbers, if applicable) in photo
> or video.
> The ultimate aim of eJazeera is to make even the thought of "capturing" such
> video non-existent, due to the commonplace practices outlined in an
> eJazeera-type document (or eventually tribal knowledge). Short of that, it
> is of course in itself desirable for such events to get onto the public
> 'Net.

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