A post-Prism world
What sorts of things might happen given the super surveillance state revelations (FISA orders, Prism, Boundless Informant, et al)? Here’s a partial list:
- More cash transactions.
- Increased use of private encryption (which may already be futile).
- A massive fall-off in on-line porn.
- Unfocused pushback (with tightly focused disgust) against a government Americans clearly aren’t in control of.
- Tech companies become the new big oil/big tobacco/big retailer/big pharma, only less trustworthy.
- Legislative calls for on-line privacy.
- Realization that “on-line privacy” is an oxymoron.
- More politically targeted IRS audits.
- Government mandates cloud-only computing. “After considering all things, I’ve decided it’s worth it for you,” Mr. Obama says.
- The United States becomes a nation people seek refuge from.
The last item on the list (but not necessarily chronologically) is your forehead gets bar coded and you get an RFID implant. (Or in lieu of that, you have your cell phone on and with you at all times. There’s little basic difference.)