As in celebration of our independence on July 4th, the superpower technologies created by our society during the last 200 years have reigned in an unparalleled quality of life for everyone. Arthur C. Clarke once remarked; "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic". He made this observation fully aware of the potential for technology to better our society, and our world - even far after his time.
Not the least of these modern technologies is the mobile phone. The latest of these devices are actually powerful hand held computers with 2 way radios and full Internet functionality. And the communication they have enabled is amazing. Live, 2 way video-phone and streaming TV. to create, capture, and transfer all types of documents and images. Text and Internet based messaging (like telegraphs of the 21st century). And the list grows with every new model.
Yet, many of us can't help but notice something is missing. For all this new found communication is worth, we're still unable to freely connect with anyone we choose so easily as with a land line and phone book like in years past. Even with full access to the information superhighway through our phones, we can't simply lookup the name and address of our neighbor!
Any why is this? What prevents us from easily finding the names and addresses of our friends, family neighbors, business colleagues, even strangers in a publicly listed directory? The truth is, this problem has been created by our very own commercial industries and reactionary government regulations.
Phone companies prevent public access to their databases in an (often futile) effort to prevent telemarketers from stealing your information and using up minutes on your plan. As our personal information began to slip out to unscrupulous parties anyway, the government stepped in with new regulations to enforce the issue more effectively. However, we still receive annoying, ambiguous calls on a daily basis, and all the security measures have done is prevent us from legitimately looking up friends phone numbers!
Volunteer directories and community reporting websites have cropped up recently as potential solutions to the problem. However, they're rarely found to have more than the carrier and outdated phone type for any given number. Also, should we actually want to identify and report annoying calls encroaching upon our freedom, these directories are essentially useless - as illegitimate telemarketers probably won't volunteer their information to a public listing.
Instead, more accurate information enabling both greater freedom of communication and of your time can be found in specialized 'reverse cell phone directories'. These sites make it possible to easily search millions of held and governmental public records for the ownership information of almost any cell phone number. Names, addresses with maps, background info, court records, and more can be revealed for 98% of all numbers in just a few seconds.
Once again, technology has enabled us to take responsibility of our problems into our own hands and fix them. We need but simply be open to the solutions all around us.