That the very tools of data mining developed to track consumer habits could also be used to sustain totalitarian thought control was conceded in a recent book, The New Digital Age, by top Google execs Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen.
“Despite the expense, everything a regime would need to build an incredibly intimidating digital police state — including software that facilitates data mining and real-time monitoring of citizens — is commercially available right now,” the two wrote
in a Wall Street Journal
article last month. ” … Companies that sell data-mining software, surveillance cameras and other products will flaunt their work with one government to attract new business. It’s the digital analog to arms sales. …”
via Robert Scheer: When Good Sites Sell Out, Who Loses?.