Friday, January 16, 2009

Prophetic Sci-Fi Writer?

A radio interview with science fiction writer David Brin has stayed with me many years. The theme was about how we should stop resisting state and corporate spying but work on getting that technology to the general public to use as a means to enhance freedom. It was years ago, and apparently, he must have been flogging a book (1999) on his theme "The Transparent Society" (which I haven’t read). But his premise is bearing out: there's no stopping the privacy invasion, but freedom can be enhanced by technology in the hands of ordinary people. Enter: cell phone cameras in the hands of private citizens are being used to resist tyranny. Butler Schafer's horizontal society is evolving.