Technology: Fear and promise

As the details about the NSA’s monitoring programs continue to emerge, I am working on my book’s introduction today, and thinking about this:

If network technology is inherently revolutionary—it leads one to wonder why existing governmental, bureaucratic, corporate, and financial elites are so enthusiastic about, and so heavily invested in, the success of this technology? (Barney, 2000: 19)

More on the NSA: from the Atlantic, the Onion, and danah boyd.

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