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Even as the Internet increasingly becomes ubiquitous and ceded it’s image of being a frontier of openness and voluntarism to a giant surveillance machine and unhindered profit-making, resistance to its current shape and form is also growing.
It’s always been the case of western democracies that surveillance of citizen is an act indulged in by authoritarian regimes in the South. Discomfort and disquiet over the behaviour of these democracies especially since the 9/11 attacks. But it was only after Edward Snowden did it become established fact that not mass surveillance of citizens had been going on and was spearheaded by covert agencies with much more than a wink from tech companies.
We track the whole privacy and surveillance debate here.