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How big tech is becoming big brother


Thu, Jan 24th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Wired, David Samuels opines that George Orwell's 1984 is being rewritten by Amazon, Google, and Facebook as they work with the national security state to thwart privacy, speech, and democracy.

The speed at which individual-rights-and-privacy-based social arrangements collapse is likely to depend on how fast Big Tech and the American national security apparatus consummate a relationship that has been growing ever closer for the past decade. While US surveillance agencies do not have regular real-time access to the gigantic amounts of data collected by the likes of Google, Facebook, and Amazon—as far as we know, anyway—there is both anecdotal and hard evidence to suggest that the once-distant planets of consumer Big Tech and American surveillance agencies are fast merging into a single corporate-bureaucratic life-world, whose potential for tracking, sorting, gas-lighting, manipulating, and censoring citizens may result in a softer version of China’s Big Brother.



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