Stan Beer co-founded iTWire in 2005. With 25 years of experience working in Australian technology media, Beer has published articles in most of the IT publications that have mattered, including the AFR, The Australian, SMH, The Age, as well as a multitude of trade publications.
The revelations of the PRISM electronic surveillance program conducted by the US National Security Agency (NSA) have sparked a wave of paranoia that we are all under the watchful gaze of malevolent eyes. Sales of George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984 have gone through the roof. Are the fears justified?
And then there were four. While the names Manning, Assange and Snowden are raising hackles in political power circles, Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom is having the same effect among the corporate elites.
The revelation of PRISM – and the suggestion that it may employ the services of our favourite global tech giants to keep tabs on non-US denizens – has been getting all the news recently. However, we might be uncomfortably staggered to discover just how sinisterly pervasive tech surveillance has become.