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Database Nation by Simson Garfinkel

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One World, Like It Or Not

For years, environmentalists have said that we live in one large connected world: everything that everybody does affects everybody else. When viewed through the lens of remote sensing, this dictum is all the more true. More than 150 years after the discovery of photography, we are still coming to terms with the idea that the world around us can be recorded in ever-increasing detail.

The choice that we face is not between pervasive monitoring systems operated by the establishment and monitoring systems that are operated by the establishment and all of the citizenry. There is a third choice: creating rules that cover the deployment of monitoring systems and the use of captured happenings. We dismiss this third choice at our own peril.

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