The Daily DeX 08/08/2019: How Big Brother Lost, Then Won

"The surveillance offered by Amazon's Ring smartphone security system convinces us that we can take control of our own security, when in fact we’re giving it away to those who claim to protect us but are really harvesting us for our data."

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A Society Without Slack Is A Society Of Telescreens

""Slack" captures all those little chances to get over without getting in trouble. To take advantage of slack is to stick it to The Man, to strike a blow for personal dignity, to get a little action on the side. At the heart of the opportunities provided by "slack in the system" is a simple moral principle: just because one schnook takes an opportunity to get a tiny bit ahead does not diminish some other schnook's chances of breaking off a nice piece for himself. Unfortunately, increased connectivity and processing power diminish slack over time, as well as over networks. More powerful computers and programs watch, track, optimize, analyze, and predict."