jueves, 17 de noviembre de 2016

MercatorNet: Empty home syndrome

MercatorNet: Empty home syndrome
Empty home syndrome

Empty home syndrome

The real threat to our homes is not cyber-war.
Joanna Roughton | Nov 17 2016 | comment 

Early this month Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, launched a new cyber-security strategy for the UK. He announced £1.9bn in extra funding, with new, very clever, highly computer-literate spooks soon to be hired to help him spend it all.
The biggest threat, he told 4,000 Microsoft workers in East London, was likely to be a state actor. Nobody mentioned Russia, but Moscow and Beijing are clearly in the frame. And what mischief might they be up to? NHS databases, the National Grid, air traffic control. All vulnerable.
Another vulnerability too. The home. Specifically, the ‘internet of things’ – the next generation of world wide web penetration into ordinary lives, which leave futurologists speaking in hushed and reverential tones. Experts asked to comment on Mr Hammond’s initiative made clear that the ‘internet of things’ made the places where we live especially apt for exploitation.
This is fascinating. We are used to the idea of government cyber attackers conducting economic and military espionage, trying to hack into Pentagon computers, maybe even the phone records of public sector employees. Now the home is on the front line of the cold war in cyberspace. Cameras set up to help householders keep an eye on things might, instead, be used by a foreign power to keep an eye on householders.
At the risk of hyperbole, a pattern is emerging here. Recently, I wrote about the lengths home delivery firms are going to in order to ensure packages make it to their intended recipients. But the notion that the home is newly susceptible to the predations of foreign spy agencies takes things to a new level.
The key point is that the vulnerability that might be exploited is presented as a problem with cameras and computers. In reality the problem is one of empty homes. The ‘internet of things’ is all about how we can remotely control our home – the fridge, central heating and the rest of it – when we are not there.
The ‘internet of things’ is a sympton of a new epidemic. Let’s call it Empty House Syndrome.
In a world of working mothers, homes have never been emptier for longer.
In a world of growing holiday home ownership, homes have never been emptier for longer.
In a world where the fashion for solitary living – only partly a function of rising rates of separation – homes have never been emptier for longer.
Never before in human history have the dwelling places of so many of our fellow citizens been devoid of humanity for so long. Empty Home Syndrome. You heard it here first.
Joanna Roughton is the editor of BeHome, the blog of the Home Renaissance Foundation.Reproduced with permission of HRF.

One of the great social issues of our time is the conflict many women face between family life and a career, or simply a job in the workforce. There are countless testimonies to the challenges of combining both, and endless advice from high-powered career women, whether from Sheryl Sandberg telling women to “Lean In”, or Anne-Marie Slaughter telling us we really can’t have it all.
We tend not to hear so much from women who have made the choice to put careers on hold while they raise a family, even though it may have cost them a struggle. Such initially, at least, was the case for Holly Hamilton-Bleakley, a California mother of six who came to her family role with an MPhil from Cambridge University (England) and experience as a Wall Street banker, and college philosophy teacher – a role to which she has recently returned.
Holly’s reflections on the value of 16 years of full-time motherhood get to the philosophical bedrock of why it was a good thing for her – indeed, why caring for young children is a good thing it itself. I think you will be impressed with her honesty and intellectual rigour.

Carolyn Moynihan
Deputy Editor,
I’m a parent, therefore I am: thoughts on the value of caregiving
By Holly Hamilton-Bleakley
Cartesian-inspired reflections after 16 years as a stay-at-home mom.
Read the full article
The Mind of the Islamic State
By Robert Manne
Extract from a new book that traces the evolution of the jihadist group’s world view.
Read the full article
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
By Raffaele Chiarulli
Our hero is not exactly a lone wolf, answerable only to his conscience.
Read the full article
Empty home syndrome
By Joanna Roughton
The real threat to our homes is not cyber-war.
Read the full article
Euthanasia fails in South Australia
By Paul Russell
But by the narrowest of margins
Read the full article
Why a fractured nation needs to remember Martin Luther King’s message
By Joshua F.J. Inwood
How can we heal a nation that is divided along race, class and political lines? With love.
Read the full article
Vale Leonard Cohen, high priest of erotic romanticism
By Xavier Symons
The iconic Canadian musician wrote great songs, but does anyone listen to the lyrics?
Read the full article
Family capital: The fuel that drives development
By Marcia Barlow
The UN's sustainable development agenda must recognise society's basic asset.
Read the full article
Life in the new bubble democracy
By Karl D. Stephan
Social media allows us to reinforce our prejudices and shut out disagreeable ideas
Read the full article
Slower economic growth is the ‘new normal’
By Shannon Roberts
Four demographic reasons why.
Read the full article

MERCATORNET | New Media Foundation
Suite 12A, Level 2, 5 George Street, North Strathfied NSW 2137, Australia

Designed by elleston
New Media Foundation | Suite 12A, Level 2, 5 George St | North Strathfield NSW 2137 | AUSTRALIA | +61 2 8005 8605

No hay comentarios:

Publicar un comentario