1984 stories

 
So there's this pretty small company that you've probably never heard of. It's called Google, and back in the day, you'd use it to find stuff on the Internet. Google has obviously expanded since then, becoming an all-encompassing Internet giant, and it's finally taking a leap offline with Conversions API.
 
It's been said before, but remember how easy Facebook used to be? No photos, no status updates. Just a solid wall that anyone could manipulate. The term "Facebook stalking" wouldn't have even made sense. Well, now, it doesn't only make sense but Facebook is determined to not let you forget who you've stalked. Your profile now saves your search history.
 
Here's another controversial news story in which we can reference Room 101 and 1984 and all that. The European Union is creating programs to act as agents in monitoring discussion forums, website information, file servers, peer-to-peer networks and, best of all, personal, individual computers. It'll be looking for "automatic detection of threats and abnormal behaviour or violence."
 
Technology is a wonderful thing, but in the words of Spider-Man's Uncle Ben, "With great power, comes great responsibility." If we are not careful, the technology we know and love could be used against us, even subtly. In the year 1984, Apple thought IBM was the bringer of "Big Brother." In reality, the technology of today better resembles George Orwell's dystopian vision than a 1980s era PC. Every day we are in the process of becoming a more connected society. With social networks, cloud computing and even more specific, less-thought-about tech such as Internet-connected home surveillance systems, we may find ourselves in a delicate balance of trust and paranoia.
 
Last week, Amazon went all Big Brother on Kindle owners, and the resulting outrage was totally appropriate. Now, one person is turning that outrage into revenge. 17-year-old student Justin Gawronski decided to take action when his Kindle ate his homework...

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