Meet the Blackphone, supposedly the world's first secure, NSA-proof cell phone, cooked up in a Switzerland-based joint venture between Silent Circle and Geeksphone:
Blackphone is powered by a "security-oriented" Android build called PrivatOS. It's carrier- and vendor-independent, and enables users to make and receive secure phone calls and video chats, exchange secure texts as well as transfer and store files.
Exact specifications of the phone haven't been revealed, but Silent Circle CEO Mike Janke claims it'll be a "high-end" smartphone.
And take a look at the advertisement video for Blackphone:
The woman who represents the phone—target customer? Human avatar for the tech?—is slipping around the city, practically in block bloc gear. In certain political circles, there has always been a fetishization of living in the black—unidentifiable, off the grid, moving the in dark. Sometimes that's practical, sometimes it's worrisome (as commentators pointed out during Occupy, crowds of emotionally charged young white men wearing masks were not the most welcoming atmosphere for anyone who wasn't a young white man in a mask), sometimes it's just irritating. (Nothing says "look at me! I'm important!" like ostentatious secrecy.)
But now Americans in general seem increasingly uncomfortable with living in the glare of the surveillance-state spotlight. Will people—presidents, movie stars, kings—start buying products like Blackphone? Will other people ditch cell phones altogether?
Will backlash against the NSA give a new shade of meaning to the phrase "black pride"?