Assange warns Google, Facebook spying for US government

In Nerds only, Polytricks on December 6, 2012 at 7:57 am

In his new book  “Cypherpunks, Freedom and the future of the Internet” Julian Assange warns that social media have made it easier and more cost-effective to spy on everyone rather than targeting individuals.  Assange asserts that since the internet has pervaded the lives of everyone online, via home computers, tablets or smart phones.  All our personal information is online.  Banking information, IP addresses, our names and addresses, our phone numbers, our tweets, our posts, our emails, our browsing history.  This huge amount of personal information ties us intimately to the internet and also threatens us.

I must say I enjoyed Assange calling Facebook the  “most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented.”   I have always despised Facebook and the way they pretended to ‘connect’ people without letting them know their whole business model was in selling their personal information.


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