I’ve never really taken the “Google is watching you” conspiracy theories very seriously, but Cory Doctorow has cooked up a scenario in his new short story “Scroogled” which scares the hell out of me. It’s a story about how easy it would be for Google to do a deal with a neo-fascist Government to provide them with information on everything about everybody. In this era of the decline of Western Democracy that we are living in, Google becomes the new secret police, spilling the beans on your entire history. I’ve always held the opinion that “privacy” doesn’t matter unless you have something to be embarrassed about, but Cory’s story dramatizes the scenarios in which you can become a “person of interest” and then “disappeared” if you get in “their” way. You could end up a suicide in Cabo. Make sure you read it.
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