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April 18, 2012
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Presented without comment.  big brother’s data center is soon to be born

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  1. shenriksson permalink
    April 19, 2012 9:10 am

    A member of the PLG (Progressive Librarians Guild) mailing list that I subscribe to sent out this article earlier this week. My reaction? Extreme concern. User privacy is an endangered idea, and when it comes to the Internet it’s becoming increasingly non-existent, at least on the “open web.” But now there will be no privacy for any of us anywhere. Even things we consider very private (our bank account information, for example) will no longer be ours alone. I think William Binney’s quote is especially poignant: “We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state.” Is democracy now a fading dream? Is the government now free to consume our rights like wolf spiders eat their young? How did we get here?

  2. merrily chopp permalink
    April 19, 2012 11:11 am

    Its not just in the U.S. I read about this in the Economist last week: http://www.economist.com/node/21552270

    I guess the only hope is that they will gather way more data than they will know what to do with?

  3. derek permalink*
    April 19, 2012 11:30 am

    My worry is that they are going to store all digital communications and then wait until they break the encryption at some future date…a permanent Hoover file for the blackmail of future generations.

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