Fact number one: “Ukrainians turn to crowdfunding for border surveillance drone“.
If you think I mention this news item because it is about drones (we’re not talking quadcopters here, but octocopters), then you are wrong – it’s about… politics. Technology is not about toys, even if many websites (perhaps even this blog) may give you that impression. But technology – and its use in society – has always, will always play a role in politics, whatever form politics take. Think “arms race” or “space race“, or just plain “war“…
In Ukraine we’re seeing “crowdfunding meets national defense“; on the website the project refers to “the first national UAV”.
Here’s fact number two to illustrate how a seemingly innocent part of what we Internauts take for granted can be pernicious: “The dark side of .io: How the U.K. is making web domain profits from a shady Cold War land deal“. Just for the record: the ‘.io‘ top-level domain (TLD) does not refer to the words “input/output”, but to the British Indian Ocean Territory… If anything, this story shows how technology is intermingled with global politics – but you already knew that, no?