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Will “Pokemon Go” Be Used To Catch Us All?

Published on July 12, 2016 by   ·   No Comments


Derrick Broze

Millions of smartphone users around the world have downloaded the new Pokemon Go app, but is there more to the story than just fanciful game play?

On July 6, 2016 a brand new cellphone app based on the popular Pokemon franchise was released to millions of adoring fans. The app, known as Pokemon Go, has quickly become one of the most downloaded games in recent history. For those not in the know (or those who did not grow up in the 1990s), the popular franchise is based on fictional creatures called Pokemon and the human trainers who attempt to catch, train, and battle their Pokemon for sport.

Originally released in 1996, Pokemon has become a world-wide phenomenon with video games, TV shows, movies, trading cards, clothing, and tons of other merchandise based on the concept. Pokemon Go now takes that concept and literally brings it into the real, physical, three-dimensional world. PG is a free app that employs augmented reality to interact with the everyday world. Augmented reality can be defined as a direct or indirect view of the surrounding environment supplemented by, or augmented with computer generated sound, video, graphics, and GPS data. AR has been growing in recent years with Google Glass and AR contact lens.

Now, with Pokemon Go, users can walk around the physical world and interact with the fictional Poke-verse to catch Pokemon and other valuable currency. So what exactly does this have to do with surveillance, activism, or the fight to create a more free world? Well, as with any new technology or fad, there are pitfalls. For one, it seems like criminals are recognizing that the game can beused to lure unsuspecting victims into traps. However, the biggest concern with the app centers around issues of privacy and surveillance.

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