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Beyond Orwellian: Liberty and technology today

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By: Robert Scheer

For democracy, privacy is the ball game. Without the assurance of a zone of inviolate space, both physical and mental, that a citizen can inhabit without fear of observation by others, there is no guarantee of the essential sovereignty of the individual promised in the First and Fourth Amendments to the US Constitution. That should be clear, as it is to most people who have been oppressed by the tyranny of authoritarian regimes. Indeed, as Aldous Huxley and George Orwell brilliantly established in their classic writing on this subject, the totality of societal observation over the individual is the defining antithesis of freedom, even when that observation is gained through hidden and subtle persuasion.

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‘Creepy & Scary’: US military harnesses social media to manipulate online behaviour (Video)

info-pictogram1 Privacy watchdogs are in uproar following revelations the U.S. government may have been behind a recent Facebook experiment.