Surveillance States Place Us In Prison
“Humans can be manipulated to obey. As information and communications technology creates a surveillance state, I’m worried that fear of terrorism will create a system where police officers and soldiers will obey the computer-generated decisions that appear on their optical head-mounted displays,” writes John Twelve Hawks in his Salon.com essay “New surveillance states have placed us in an invisible prison”
In “New surveillance states have placed us in an invisible prison,” John Twelve Hawks discusses Edward Snowden’s terrifying revelations about how the National Security Agency and Great Britain’s GCHQ use spy technology on all citizens and how various corporations monitor our activities as well in order to market more efficiently to us.
“Anyone who steps back for a minute and observes our modern digital world might conclude that we have destroyed our privacy in exchange for convenience and false security,” Twelve Hawks writes.
“Thoughtful women and men on every point of the political spectrum are beginning to realize that surveillance technology has shifted the balance of power between institutions and individuals.
“So what are we supposed to do?” he asks. “How can we avoid becoming just another bar-coded object tracked within a World of Things?”
Twelve Hawks argues we need to stand up and fight against it before it is too late:
“The new surveillance states have placed us in an invisible prison,” Twelve Hawks concludes. “If we wish to break free, we need only to step forward and open the door.”
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