Why are there over 300 government apps on the app store
With an attempt to engage more and more US citizens online, our government has introduced some new government apps over the past few years on the app store and other mobile marketplaces. This begs the question, is the government taking advantage of citizens by introducing naive seeming apps, but pulling the old bait and switch? As the years go by, these are some questions that will start to be asked, and there is no surprise as to where these concerns are coming from. Does the NSA ring a bell? If you were anywhere near a human being in the past 5 years, you would understand that the spying allegations by the NSA are nothing to take lightly.
With that being said, it appears that right now, the government apps that are on mobile markets are fairly benevolent. One of our favorite government apps is an app for the state of Arkansas. This app will calculate whether or not you can afford to go to college while you are still in high school. If it turns out that you can’t afford to go to college, the app will direct you to apply for 21 in state scholarships. Or maybe you live in Montana and would like to pay your state taxes before the deadline through your cell phone, there’s a government app for that.
So now that you know the types of government apps that are being introduced to the market, lets talk about what the future holds. Are you at all worried about the capabilities of the government? What kind of apps do they have in the future? Are they going to be making mobile apps and games? These are questions that we will have to be concerned of in the future. For now, it looks like the government is only putting out apps that are useful to citizens, but they may consider taking it further.
Can you imagine if the government created a wildly popular mobile game that everyone loved and shared information on, but decided to collect a little too much information on citizens. Lets be honest, how many of us read the full privacy information before installing an app. In reality, the government could be creating apps that track our every move with spyware, all disguised in the form of a fun mobile app or mobile game. The truth is, we don’t know what our government is capable of, or what our phones are capable of, so only time will tell.
As you can see, government apps are starting to invade the mobile apps and games market. For right now, they seem like they are pretty useful to citizens, but we should keep an eye on what the future holds. I am not saying that we should get too crazy and start making up a bunch of conspiracy theories, but it is important to know what is out there.
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