Orwellian Dystopia?

February 4, 2010Jake DiMare

According to people familiar with the investigation officials at the NSA have been working with Google to investigate cyber-attacks.  The NSA’s general counsel drafted what’s known as a cooperative research and development agreement to work with Google. Hmm…before I go any further, let me say I am a patriot and one of Google’s biggest fan.
The world’s largest search engine working with the world’s largest spy agency may not seem like anything to be concerned about…That is unless you wrote a book report on George Orwell’s famous novel 1984 (Written in 1948). And you consider that current trends are to move all of our computing ‘into the cloud’…which may as well be Newspeak for into Big Brother‘s pocket. Google is a front runner for cloud based computing with gmail, google docs, google apps, etc.
Fortunately, my life is about as vanilla as they come. I am not terribly concerned because I doubt Google or the NSA gives a rat’s ass what I am doing at any given moment. But, I do believe in privacy…and I do believe it is important to take appropriate measures in a free democratic society to ensure we don’t end up in a place like the one described in Orwell’s novel.
What do you think?

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