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Big data has held the promise of changing the world, by helping to identify diseases, by creating new ways to help people, and to usher us into the future. In reality, it has become a way for big corporations to make more money. As it turns out, helping people and curing diseases does not make money. Selling products and services does.
Nearly every internet service has become part of a network that accumulates peoples interests, locations, activities, passions, and friends. It does so with the sole purpose of targeting ads, selling your data, and using you data against you.
You are a number. A number that contains information that about what you do, what makes you tick, and what you spend your money on. Nearly every activity you take part in with technology adds to this portfolio of Your number is being sold off continually to companies hoping to make a buck off you.
I do not consent to being tracked, profiled, and sold. Neither should you. Since this data about us is collected without permission with no way to opt out, I created the Phantom Kitty project as a means to "opt out" of this collection and make this data as worthless as possible. If corporations want to build and operate multi-billion dollar data centers that preserve the nonsense this project will create, by all means, go ahead.
The phantom kitty project is a journey to create a device that will confuse the bejesus out of data collection algorithms. This device runs completely external to your computer to reduce the chance it can be detected by malware. It will operate at speeds and patterns that mimic a person and obscure your behaviors and searches in a sea of noise.
This project is not the first type of noise generation, there are some great projects out there. The phantom kitty project seeks a persistent and hard-to-counter path in the fight for our collective digital rights.
This project has started with the Alpha KIT, which is a base for more advanced projects in the future.
Next, the PK Paw was developed to bring the idea of noise generation to everyone, not those with soldering irons and programming skills. The PK Paw is currently available in the store for purchase.