How Computers transform Education, Work, and International Development in Ways that are Ecologically Unsustainable
Chapter 5: How the Digital Revolution Contributes to the Colonization of Other Cultures and Increases the Threat of Terrorism
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How the Digital Revolution Contributes to the Colonization of Other Cultures and Increases the Threat of Terrorism
The spread of surveillance technologies intended to deter terrorists who are reacting to Western efforts to colonize their cultures is extracting a huge cost, both in terms of resources that might be used for more socially constructive ends and in the loss of our privacy. The alliance between computer scientists using these new surveillance technologies, the number of security agencies experiencing huge gains in the their budgets, and the military, politicians, and corporations in the forefront of the efforts to colonize non-Western cultures, have created a climate of opinion that has shut off the possibility of asking whether our foreign policies and long tradition of colonizing other cultures might be partly responsible for the current distortion in our national priorities. Before giving closer attention to the ways in which we may be complicit in creating the friend/enemy politics we are now defending ourselves against, it is first necessary to obtain a clearer picture of the financial burden that over 50 percent of the public is willing to pay for the loss of the rights to privacy, and for putting the country on the slippery political slope of becoming a police state.
The price of surrendering personal privacy, and accepting a new level of technological intrusion that can only have huge implications for undermining what remains of our civil liberties, is in the...
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