The Era of Surveillance Twilight

The American Sun

Submitted by Bryce Laliberte

We are living through the last gasps of an era of anonymity and freedom, one in which the encumbrances of surveillance are surrounding us on all sides. Although it is already well-known the ways in which private companies gather myriads of data on everyone they can, from credit card scores to legal records to social media, these methods are at least difficult to access and closed to casual perusal. However, we are on the eve of a revolution in surveillance, powered by machine learning, drones, apps, and public accessibility.

As it becomes easy, even trivial, to generate – and access – public surveillance records to find what we are looking for, we will all be forced to adapt to a regime of popular will in which any and every of our public actions can and will be scrutinized by anyone with an internet connection. This is…

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