Jun 4, 2021Liked by Klon Kitchen

Concerned? Yes. Participate or opt out? Opt out, for sure. I cannot imagine what vulnerabilities this will create now or in the future. "Neat" as tech is, chasing it for its own sake can be foolish. How will this make life better for me, my family and my community, and at what cost? Unless the answer is clearly on the benefit side, better to wait and see how things play out.

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Here's what Amazon says about Sidewalk:

"Amazon Sidewalk is a shared network that helps devices work better. Operated by Amazon at no charge to customers, Sidewalk can help simplify new device setup, extend the low-bandwidth working range of devices to help find pets or valuables with Tile trackers, and help devices stay online even if they are outside the range of their home wifi. In the future, Sidewalk will support a range of experiences from using Sidewalk-enabled devices, such as smart security and lighting and diagnostics for appliances and tools ... Amazon Sidewalk helps your devices get connected and stay connected. For example, if your Echo device loses its wifi connection, Sidewalk can simplify reconnecting to your router. For select Ring devices, you can continue to receive motion alerts from your Ring Security Cams and customer support can still troubleshoot problems even if your devices lose their wifi connection. Sidewalk can also extend the working range for your Sidewalk-enabled devices, such as Ring smart lights, pet locators or smart locks, so they can stay connected and continue to work over longer distances. Amazon does not charge any fees to join Sidewalk."

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First reaction was - I don’t have one of these - maybe I should get it.

Second was - what’s all this data going to be used for in five years when it’s sitting around and there’s good AI and enough compute to easily make sense of it all?

The concern is with any of a variety of actors globally; I’m not concerned about Amazon, but I don’t think for a minute that their cyber is impenetrable.

So - this puts my home improvement project list back where it was.

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I’ll pass. I have no desire to help big tech or the government track people. China should be the glaring warning for anyone not understanding how this can be used against us.

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Thanks for the heads up! Definitely will opt out. No one needs any information unless I specifically share it!

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