According to Sarah Kessler of Fast Company, just throwing away your laptop and not using a cellphone isn't enough to "get off the radar." With so many objects and activities that track our movements, purchases and behaviour, it is 100% impossible to not leave a data-trail behind us.
The people who have actually attempted to live without being tracked--most often due to a safety threat--will tell you that security cameras are just about everywhere, RFID tags seem to be in everything, and almost any movement results in becoming part of a database. Its basically impossible for you and I to decide, as of tomorrow, Im going to remain off the radar and to survive for a month or 12 months, says Gunter Ollmann, the CTO of security firm IOActive, who in his former work with law enforcement had several coworkers who dedicated themselves to remaining anonymous for the safety of their families. "The amount of prep work you have to do in order to stay off the radar involves years of investment leading up to that."
Fast Company interviewed the most tracking-conscious people we could find about their strategies for staying anonymous to different degrees. Here are just a handful of daily, offline tasks that get more complicated if you're avoiding surveillance.
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|"Assigning all of China’s people a social credit rating that weighs up and scores every aspect of their behavior."|
|"Spouses now have easy access to an array of sophisticated spy software that would give Edward Snowden night sweats."|
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|"Anyone refusing to reveal their face may be imprisoned for up to a month."|
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|"Academics who study basic income said the pilot gives a chance to see how the idea plays in a changed economy."|
|"This created a bubble, and like housing, that bubble has now burst."|
|"It’s appealing to imagine a world where artificial wombs grow babies."|
|"You look in the mirror and see your body and your face and you think that’s you—but that’s really just the machine you’re riding in."|
|"A spacecraft may be possible that could maintain a steady acceleration into and through interstellar space without the need to carry along propellants."|
|"John Deere is the largest operator of autonomous vehicles."|
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|"Super-detailed scans of actual human brains that run as models on computers"|
|“Trump is what happens when you fail to understand our global problems in their interconnected, systemic context.”|