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Is Technology offering Transparency…or Spying on us?

David Brin

Contrary Brin

April 25, 2012

A look at how technology enables greater transparency…but not always both ways:


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Posted by karl  on  04/25  at  10:20 PM

“Is technology offering transparency… or spying on us?”

How can a reasonable person need to ask that question.  If spying is covert collection of information combined with meaningful information asymmetry then technology is clearly leading to spying.  Just ask yourself what does the NSA, google, facebook or visa know about you.  Then ask yourself what do you know about those entities.  Do you know what information they have on you in total?  Do you know what they are doing with your information? 

I enjoyed reading Dr. Brins book, the transparent society, it was a great thought experiment.  But like other great thought experiments it failed in reality, as far as I can tell the networks that are dominant create winner take all systems.  This concentrates power which results in a concetration in the ability to both gather and interpret data.  This results in an even more massive information asymmetry than we started with. 


Posted by iPan  on  04/26  at  12:06 AM

The Hegemons always attempt to turn any technology to their advantage, but in the end, we open source it anyway.

Oppression only has a temporary advantage.

Occupy Earth.

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