Surveillance Nation

from the and-so-it-goes... dept

MIT’s Tech Review has a long article looking at hwo we’re increasingly becoming a “surveillance nation”, where everything we do will be recorded and dumped into various databases, where it will be sorted, mined, analyzed and put together to suggests facts about us. Not much really new in the article if you read anything thing similar lately. The only interesting things that I found were that (1) this is happening much faster than many people expected and (2) a lot of it is being driven by people themselves. While most predictions were that it would be government and/or big business driving the need for surveillance, the cheap nature of necessary products and individuals’ own concerns for safety and security are driving these systems forward with alarming speed (and little consideration of the privacy questions raised).

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