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Great read: Why 2012 is starting to look like 1984


By Chris

19 January 2012

Geoff Duncan recently published a great piece on, where he asked a question I think we should all be asking: “Will 2012 mark the year consumers irreversibly surrender their privacy and freedoms?”

The post – a lengthy but excellent read – gives a great primer on some of the top digital issues we’re facing today: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and telecommunications surveillance. Duncan aptly notes that each of these have the potential to fundamentally change how we communicate and experience the web today – so if you’re not up to speed, this is a great place to get started.

It was near the end of the article when Duncan said something that grabbed all of us over here at SurfEasy.

He wrote:

“Simply put, most people believe that information about themselves belongs to them, and ought to be under their control. We find information about ourselves to be ‘immeasurably valuable.’ Sure, we’re free to share details if we like. But we should also be free not to share information, or to have information about ourselves collected and used with no right of recourse, appeal, deletion or correction, because we recognize that information could be misused by others, to our detriment.”

As time goes on and technology continues to advance, laws will change as will how we use the Internet. While we may not know exactly what the future will look like, one thing we do know for sure though is that privacy should always be at the forefront of our minds.

To read the full article, please click here. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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