‘How would George Orwell have imagined the world in 2012? In 1948, he imagined a 1984 where the government could and did monitor our every utterance and thought—with horrible consequences. That didn’t quite come to pass. Not in 1984, anyway.
But flash forward a few decades, and you find us creeping toward a total surveillance state. This time, though, it’s not just the government playing Big Brother, but the private sector as well, with the rest of us going along willingly.
Consider a new app from a firm which, in tandem with Facebook, would allow people to be monitored—and identified instantly—by cameras wherever they went. The lure to this privacy-rights slaughter? A meal or a deal.’