Yasha Levine: Surveillance Valley. The Secret Military History of the Internet
SURVEILLANCE: State surveillance would not have been possible without the services of Silicon Valley's technology companies. For example, Google in Surveillance Valley is described as "a full-fledged military contractor, who sold versions of the company's consumer data and analytics technology to police departments, city councils, and major U.S. intelligence and military organizations."
PANDEMIC: Perhaps the fear of bacteria and viruses in the future will increasingly lead to a disease preparedness characterized by totalitarian surveillance and control. A blind trust in vaccinations can lead to a phasing out of the human own immune system.
CHRONICLE: Science has made rapid progress in producing a vaccine against Covid-19. But can vaccine programs be based on active consent and autonomous choice by citizens? And does scientific rationality now go hand in hand with creative forms of irrationality?
Trond Skaftnesmo: Vaccine coercion in the shadow of the corona crisis
COVID-19: There is no real skepticism from the public sector about the coronary vaccine – vaccination is recommended, and the people are positive about the vaccine. But is the embrace of the vaccine based on an informed decision or a blind hope for a normal everyday life?
: China's digital social credit system operates with a form of gamified control, which rewards users while scoring points for online and offline behavior. By 2020, the Chinese authorities plan to establish a nationwide system. Western commentators react with disgust, but is our own social media really that much better?
: George Orwell's 1984 is still relevant, but "Big Brother" is an outdated and misleading metaphor for today's surveillance, according to author David Lyon. He claims "Big Data" is a more up-to-date linguistic picture.
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