The terrorist attack sept 11, 2001 has changed the borders between personal integrity and the demand for security. American and other western world citizens is today accepting much more government control than before. But what is the price of that? Two MIT researchers are working on create more balance in the relation. By using P2P technology - the technology used in the music switching networks - they are creating a platform aiming at increasing citizen insight into governmental work. The idea is to enable citizens to put together all the bits and pieces of information and create a common picture of government actions. Read the article in New Scientist
If the US Government is unable to stop this by legal means, citizens of tomorrow will have a really powerful tool in their hands. The consequence for governments and politicians is probably that they in the short run will be even more focused on what the public say and think than doing their job. In the long run I think there is even a bigger risk that the government increasingly will cover their actions "for the sake of national security". The war about the 1984 society or not is definitely afoot and one successful terrorist attack is the reason.