A man in Pakistan snapped this picture with a giant “FACSIM” on the back of his bike. He’s paid less than $20 from his company, but he’s not happy — he said a picture with three women for a price higher than a taxi ride was enough to make his boss feel uncomfortable. A guy in Brazil snapped this picture with his phone — because there isn’t any other way to photograph the city — and got a salary of $4.90. It’s probably because he’s on vacation. But wait, there’s more! A group of young Mexican entrepreneurs have figured out how to get paid for their selfies by the time the cameras go off in their office, taking pictures of them while they’re actually in the office. As of now, these business owners aren’t even trying to hide their real identities, but by using “photo-realistic” faces they can sell their pictures without fear of prosecution. They charge 20 to 40 dollars for each one that goes up to 100 dollars for a hundred of them.
You don’t have to lie about your identity to be a digital professional, but it’s probably time to rethink how we think about online privacy, and what it means for someone’s private business, to be anonymous. It would be one thing to accept that there’s more to the world than just what’s visible to us — even if we might find some odd aspects of our online lives interesting. But people still have to live with the reality that everyone we communicate with is likely to know who we are.
Photo from Flickr user The Gossler Foundation.
[via Daily Dot]
One day before the Supreme Court in Brazil has to make its decision on the constitutionality of the current presidential candidate Dilma Rouseff’s impeachment, some Brazilians are finding it difficult to vote.
It is the first presidential result in the country’s history that was not declared by the state secretary of the electoral commission, who declared both a win by incumbent President Dilma Rousseff and a defeat by the opposition candidate and former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Rousseff’s supporters say the former vice president defeated Lula for the third time as the incumbent.
It is more difficult for Brazilians to vote now because of the corruption scandal involving Rousseff ahead of the election and her supporters. According to statistics released last December by the Association of Electoral Coaches, around 35 percent of the electorate voted “independently” on the same day after she won the first round
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