A lot of people have been wondering how it’s even possible that an entire plane with 239 passengers can go completely missing in mid-flight. Typically, our technology allows us to be found, no matter where we are, or what time of the day it is. Most students walk around with their iPhone in their pocket or purse throughout the day, I can’t remember the last time I left my house without my phone on me. This makes the disappearance of the Malaysian Boeing 777 flight 370 an incredible mystery. Reports have shown very little information concerning the flight, and also reveal the true nature of our GPS technology.
Though most smartphones allow you to be tracked, they must be near a cell tower if they use cell technology to get access to wireless Internet, 3G, or GPS. Some phones are GSMs or Global Satellite Mobile, which allows for satellite tracking. It may seem surprising that no one has been able to find the plane, but perhaps out technology in this area is not advanced as it seems. One of the biggest questions surrounding Flight 370 was whether or not it had Wifi, and reportedly it did not. Despite the various technologies that allow for us to track airplanes, such as satellite and radar technology, there is a massive amount of information missing concerning flight 370.
In other recent news, Mark Zuckerberg called President Obama to discuss NSA tapping involving Facebook. It is remarkable how culture is requesting that surveillance technology be restricted in some areas, where it is needed in other areas. This is another example of how law concerning new media has a difficulty keeping in step with technological advances.