We live in dangerous times.
Enemies of democracy want to kill the valuable, important, “Obama Phone” program that helps the government understand the behavior of millions of needy Americans by giving them phones “preinstalled with malware that can’t be removed without making the device cease to work.”
Critics like techblog ArsTechnica report that the phones are part of a plan that “makes free or government-subsidized phones available to millions of low-income families,” and that “the price people often pay for low-cost phones is compromised security and privacy.”
Others say that some 11 million people have an Obamaphone, and 36% of them don’t even qualify for the subsidy, causing the program to “cost too much.”
But that’s not who we are. The fact is that the Obama Phone program is kept “low-cost” by the very “malware” that “installs advertising apps and other unwanted apps without the knowledge or permission of the user.”
Not only that, but the phones are not paid for by taxes at all, but by a small fee added to every phone bill in the United States — and by ad revenue generated by the same kind of software used in communist China’s “social credit” program.
But now, instead of expanding the program to include high-speed broadband service, Donald Trump wants to kill the expansion of phones that surreptitiously collect the user data of millions of Americans.
Dangerous times, indeed.