Revelations that the federal government is collecting massive amounts of data about telephone calls and Internet traffic has some people nervous that George Orwell's vision of Big Brother constantly watching them has come true.
Coffee Party USA's insight:
This is an Interesting article. It does not make me sympathetic to allowing my government or industries to spy on me and on my dime at that. Nor does it help me understand the concept of these groups are spying on me to keep secrets that are so important "to me" I am not allow to know them and if I were to spy to find these important secrets of mine, I would likely be caught and sent to jail. The article does a fairly good job of showing the conflict between privacy and protection. We all really need to give this some serious thought and not just accept this data collection and spying as inevitable because at these very, early stages the opportunity for abuse seems to scream out already. Who watches the watcher to make sure that doesn’t happen? The mere idea is enough to tape up every mouth and visionary or innovative thought in the world. The ability is tremendous for governments and participating industries the globe over to silence those that get in their way before anyone hears their voice or offers competition. Only they will have that power to watch and collect all this data and those citizens that attempt to use the same power towards governments or industries are already being locked up.Excerpt: What would have surprised Orwell, he says, was not that governments are collecting huge amounts of data about individuals, but that private actors are as well.Even if it didn't turn out that the federal government has a direct pipeline into Verizon, Google, Yahoo and other such companies, those companies would control huge amounts of information about Americans on their own.And it's not just the corporations performing surveillance. What Orwell calls the "proles" in his novel — the average citizens who help the state keep an eye on everybody — are also tracking and documenting each other's movements in real life these days.With the advent of smartphones and widespread surveillance cameras, no conversation or movement in the public sphere can be considered private. Further curator insight:Talk about money and power and politics and mix this into it... not a pretty picture. This is certainly not something we should sit back with a wait and see attitude about. We seemed to have done that already before we even knew about this had grown to such a grand scale. It might be time to use a post office and landlines where there must still be warrants issued to tape into. Limit our zeal for online everything...shopping and all else. Buy nothing and eat nothing that wasn't local, pay only in cash and refuse to give any numbers to do transactions for anything. Hold regular town hall meetings and if reps want to know what’s happening they must show up like everyone else. Also we might need to be every picky who we send to the state houses, or national ones and make sure they work ONLY for the citizens and keep us informed with all details. We need to locally decide who to write in on ballots on a local basis rather than vote on corporate sponsored offerings for representatives to represent us.