Big Brother VS. NSA
Another week, another revelation about the NSA world’s communications surveillance program. NSA processes enormous amounts of stored data, “communications or other data that is passed or accessible by electromagnetic means”. And there is no limit to the records the NSA could collect, according to Keith Alexander, the agency’s director. The conclusion is the following: we are all being watched, all the time.
Since the beginning of the revelations about the U.S. National Security Agency’s massive data collection programs, a widely used phrase from George Orwell’s book “1984” has increased in popularity once again: “Big Brother is watching you!”. It seems that just by replacing the names in the book you could fit this story into the United States NSA story.
In the book, by means of telescreens and hidden microphones across the city, the Party was able to monitor its members almost all of the time. In the era before computers, the Party used complicated mechanisms to exert large-scale control on economic production and sources of information. 1984 reveals that technology, which is generally perceived as working toward moral good, can also facilitate the most diabolical evil.
Today’s reality shows that the U.S. has not only gained access to the global telecom networks but also to the data of nine global Internet giants—Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Apple, Facebook, and four others.
We can ask ourselves a lot questions about the reasons behind the surveillance but the most important question are: is Big Brother really watching you to provide protection? What are the resoans for this invasion of privacy and infringement on civil liberties? What if Big Brother is watching you for his own reasons? Who is whatching big brother?
It seems that the novel became more prophetic than fictional and we live today in a world where everything we do and say is recorded.
So where were you on November 1st 2013, at 13:21 European time? If you do not know, maybe somebody has an answer to that question, recorded somewhere…