Never before has some much information about individuals been collected by businesses and governments. It’s virtually everything of any significance anybody does, says, or communicates. From Andrea Germanys at commondreams.org:
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said Thursday that people in systems of power have exploited the human desire to connect in order to create systems of mass surveillance.
Right now, he said, humanity is in a sort of “atomic moment” in the field of computer science.
“We’re in the midst of the greatest redistribution of power since the Industrial Revolution, and this is happening because technology has provided a new capability,” Snowden said.
“It’s related to influence that reaches everyone in every place,” he said. “It has no regard for borders. Its reach is unlimited, if you will, but its safeguards are not.”
Without such defenses, technology is able to affect human behavior.