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Bothell man camps out to protest consumer trafficking

Each time a person logs onto a computer or takes their cell phone with them, not only are the things they searched tracked, but also where and when they do so. Bothell resident Jason Gaylord believes people live in a decreasingly private world, though they are increasingly connected through the internet.

  • In protest, he is in the midst of a 31-day vigil, July 4 to Aug. 4, to protest consumer data trafficking, sitting on top of Bothell Chiropractic Building on Bothell’s Main Street.

    “I was an original Web 1.0 entrepreneur. As I looked at Web 2.0, if we can’t make money by selling advertising, how are we going to make money,” said Gaylord, Founder of StopConsumerTrafficking.com and LocalLoop. “The idea was ‘let’s start commoditizing people’s identities, let’s take behavioral tracking to another level. Let’s take search habits and tracking to another level.’”

    Each person who uses any part of the internet has an avatar representation of what they like, what they do for hobbies or work, or even where they live and play.

    “They found a way to silently track everything that we do, everything that we search for, all of our friends and what they do, the things we are talking about at any given time” Gaylord said. “They then match those things with our cell phone records and credit card records and create these affinity profiles, that I like to refer to as avatars, for each of us.”

    According to Gaylord, Facebook has the ability to recognize a person with more than 90-percent accuracy sans-photograph, based off a person’s information. Corporations often sell user ‘Avatar’ information in order to offer services for free, or so they say.

    “If I have a neighbor and that neighbor builds a fence five-feet onto my property line and I just let it slide, at some point that property becomes his,” Gaylord said. “The most-valuable asset I own is my unique, individual identity; it’s the only unique thing that I own and the only thing that is truly mine.”

    Instead of property lines, every person on the planet is the product, but also the victim, Gaylord said.

    “It’s amazing what’s happening,” Gaylord said. “It’s a wonder people don’t talk about these things.”

    Gaylord’s goal is to create an online environment where users and their personal identity are respected, instead of used for capitalistic greed.

    His newly launched social media and search engine, Local Loop or www.localloop.com, aims to give people control over their personal information on their site.

    If, for some reason, a person didn’t want to be on LocalLoop anymore, they could ‘Nuke’ their own personal information on the site’s servers.

    All of it.

    “’Minority Report,’ you watch that movie and it seems like sci-fi [and] and so 1984,” Gaylord said.

    After the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, teams of law enforcement raided more than one family’s home after multiple people searched for ‘suspicious items.’ One Long Island, NY, family was raided after the professional writer and Quinoa-loving mother searched for pressure cookers, the husband searched for a backpack and her son searched for public events.

    “In the online world, in the regular desktop world, they’ve tracked us with cookies. Those cookies have allowed them to penetrate our lives in incredible ways,” Gaylord said. “Today, we have mobile phones that track every move that we make. They’re literally tracking beacons.”

    Gaylord wants to protect netizens identities and information, whether people’s data is used by corporations to market products to people or used by the government to track and pre-cognition crimes that have yet to be committed.

    And, if the global protests in support of net neutrality is any indication, people in every walk of life want more rights as internet users. The release of information made available by Edward Snowden showed how the government, using projects such as the clandestine PRISM surveillance program, has been taking advantage of user data on sites such as Facebook, Google and more.

    “It’s what America was founded on, is the freedom of press and our ability not to be bought and have a voice against these kinds of [tyrants],” Gaylord said. “Its insidious and it has to stop. When is someone going to draw a line in the sand and say that people matter?”

    For Gaylord, the loneliness he feels up on the roof of a building is worth spreading his message of corporate, and governmental, intrusion to the masses.

    “I hope to God, I mean this with every fiber of my being, I hope that by me spending a month of my life… serves as a wakeup call to other people that our unique individual selves matter,” Gaylord said. “The desire that I get from this is that we can use it in a way to spur a conversation and hopefully get a groundswell of momentum for change.”

    However, it’ll be another 18 days until he will get to hold his friends and family on the ground. For now, it’s all about spreading awareness and protesting in support of netizen rights.

    “It’s a travesty what is happening to the voice of America and, I assure you, that consumer traffickers of the world want nothing more than to silence the voices as much as they can,” Gaylord said. “I think people are willing to make a choice if they are given the facts.”

    Media Contact
    Stop Consumer Trafficking
    c/o Localloop
    Contact Jack Kindred: 425-489-2878
    Email: StopConsumerTrafficking@localloop.com
    Press Release: bothell-reporter.com

STOP Consumer Trafficking's Jason Gaylord enters second week of 31 day vigil

BOTHELL, Wash., July 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- STOP Consumer Trafficking's founder, Jason Gaylord, enters week two of his 31 day vigil to raise public awareness and lead the conversation about the constant and pervasive invasion of our online privacy and the selling of our personal identities as a standard business practice and revenue model of big Internet companies.

  • Gaylord is not alone in his vigil to STOP Consumer Trafficking. Shawn Tacey, CEO of Localloop, firmly believes that this insidious practice is harmful to consumers, business owners and local economies. Mr. Tacey was asked to discuss how consumer trafficking is detrimental to local commerce at a meeting for local business leaders at the Bothell Chamber of Commerce.

    "The message we delivered to these business leaders is simple," said Tacey. "Commoditizing human beings and their behavior with constant pervasive ads and gimmicks that target their identities causes consumers to tune out and distrust, reducing all purchasing decisions to lowest price. Small businesses cannot compete at that level. Eventually, Big Internet companies that are highly capitalized with a long term strategy of losing money to outlast competitors will win, eliminating millions of small businesses and the jobs they create. Long term, this is bad for consumers and bad for our local economies."

    Tacey added, "I was recently in New York City and saw a billboard on a bus for a new science fiction show on AMC called Mr. Robot that read, "Banks own your money, social media owns your relationships, corporations own your minds... Privacy is a myth." When art mimics culture we are only seeing the foreshadow of how pervasive and vile consumer trafficking will become." Tacey concluded by stating, "Jason Gaylord is sacrificing a month of his life to bring awareness to this awful problem, and to advocate for a better Internet where people have the freedom of choice to protect their behaviors, searches, thoughts, relationships and privacy. If people become aware and open their eyes as to how they are being used and traded everyday, change will happen and the Internet will become a safe and ethical place to search and be social because people will demand it."

    Media Contact
    Stop Consumer Trafficking
    c/o Localloop
    Contact Jack Kindred: 425-489-2878
    Email: StopConsumerTrafficking@localloop.com
    Press Release: prnewswire.com

The Stop Consumer Trafficking Movement Launches With a July 2015 Rooftop Vigil

BOTHELL, Wash., July 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Upset with big Internet companies that invade online privacy by collecting and selling our personal information, Jason Gaylord, Founder of the Stop Consumer Trafficking Movement, is staging a month long rooftop vigil to bring awareness to the insidious practice of Consumer Trafficking. The vigil is taking place on the roof of Bothell Chiropractic in downtown Bothell, Washington, and began on July 4, 2015 to mark the Declaration of Internet Independence.

  • "Big Internet companies are reaping huge profits trafficking in consumer data. They've turned our privacy into a product and our identities into a commodity," said Mr. Gaylord. "It's not right and it needs to stop." According to Mr. Gaylord, "These companies gather our personal information into 'affinity profiles' containing identifiers such as age, gender, personal interests, relationship status, where you live, where you shop, what you buy and even where you sit at the computer in your own home. They use this data to control your search, assault you with targeted advertising and then manipulate your purchasing behavior. In the real world, stalking is a criminal offense. In the online world, Big Internet companies have made it their revenue model."

    It will be difficult to live on top of the roof away from family and friends, but Mr. Gaylord is eager to make this sacrifice for the cause. Said Gaylord, "Taking a stand against this insidious invasion of our privacy is worth giving up a month of my life. If I don't bring attention to this issue, who will?" Gaylord also stated, "Edward Snowden exposed what our government was doing; but what Big Internet companies are doing is just as bad, if not far worse. The 'free' services being provided by Big Internet companies are only free if you don't place any value on human privacy or dignity."

    Details for the 31 day long rooftop vigil are:

    • Dates: July 4, 2015 through August 4, 2015.
    • Time: Midnight to Midnight
    • Location: Rooftop of Bothell Chiropractic. 10024 Main Street, Bothell, WA 98011

    Media Contact
    Stop Consumer Trafficking
    c/o Localloop
    Contact Jack Kindred: 425-489-2878
    Email: StopConsumerTrafficking@localloop.com
    Press Release: prnewswire.com

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