Recent news has revealed what many already suspected – we have become a de-facto surveillance state. The problem is: we are not at all ready to be a surveillance state.
Thoughtful comments on the idea of citizens keeping tabs on their police & government, instead of only the other way around.
Looking at George Orwell’s novel ‘1984’ and seeing some uncomfortable parallels to our modern world.
This is encouraging: Now a countervailing storyline is starting to get some traction in real life: the increasing citizen use of technology to “watch from below.” The practice has been called “sousveillance,” a word that comes the French word “sous” (from below) with the word “viller” (to watch). Instead of Big Brother using a panopticon… Continue reading Sousveillance
This great article goes into great detail how the current surveillance society came to be, and looks at the historical origins of the entire process – and the debate that continues to this day. It is as enlightening as it is well-written. No one should believe that real-time government surveillance of the communications network is… Continue reading The Roots of Government Surveillance