Found a good article over @ balkin.blogspot.com that points out how we appear to be moving from a post 9/11 National Security State to a Nation Surveillance State. A State where Government at all levels and business cooperate for the benefit of the state to share data that tell them who we are, what we buy, and ultimatly, how to control us.
The most blatent example is AT&T funneling the traffic of the Internet through massive computers looking for who knows what. The Senate is trying to pass a bill to give companies like AT&T immunity from persecution, while the House version (H.R. 1955) supposidly won’t include the immunity provisions. We won’t hold our breath on that one.
And this boils down to three different types of surveillance; Democratic, Distributed, and Metasurveillance.
Democratic surveillance is when everyone has a camera and can film everything, including us filming the government in possible illegal actions (eg: Rodney King beating). Most of us have a mobile phone that can take pictures, and some can take video.
Distributed surveillance is a surveillance camera on every street corner that feeds images back to a central location, and could include the cameras from small businesses, as some programs tie them into Government data centers.
Spyware on your computer, that obtains and sends data about you could also fall under this catagory.
Metasurveillance is “surveilling the act of surveillance or information gathering.” Watching the watchers, making sure the data they gather is not abused and what lawful purpose is it gathered for.
Most of it is out of our control; our Governments will continue to grow more Orwellian in the future. It’s how We, the People deal with it. Will we turn into an England type of Nanny state with a camera in every home (almost), or will we limit the growth and control it?
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