Party Election Broadcast – Charlie’s Diary

In Quotes on 2010-05-05 by Kyle Maxwell Tagged: , , ,

I don’t know much about UK politics, though I’ve started to watch it a wee bit out of some sort of “citizen of the world” type interest. But I did love one line in particular out of Charles Stross’s overall entertaining Party Election Broadcast:

“However, the big political-philosophical question hanging over the 21st century is how we, as a society, are going to deal with having complete access to information about everything and everyone under our noses at all times. This is a social consequence of the technological changes now unfolding, but it has barely begun to impinge upon our politics at a national policy level. The problems of maintaining privacy and human autonomy while living in a panopticon are very real, and the risks of getting it wrong are enormous.” (emphasis mine)

We’re there now. We just have to figure out how to deal with it.


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