Surveillance trumps passwords?

Always nice to find a use of the word trump with a small t.  In The Guardian, Alex Hern writes a short article from Google I/O about Android’s intention to reduce the use of passwords by combining multifactorial user behavior evidence together: how you type and swipe, what you look like, where you are, how you sound et cetera– to create  “Trust API” that determines how likely it is that you are, in fact, the device’s owner.  The semantic inflation of calling this “Trust” is already noteworthy– another very human, sociological term turned on its head through techno-semantic inflation. But it is also worth noting that the trope is trust, and the means is always-on surveillance: the ability of interactive devices around us to measure every aspect of our behavior. Always.

 

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