By James Hirsen
Recent concerns over privacy have primarily centered on surveillance, data mining and digital profiles that are being conducted by the U.S. government and segments of the private sector. However, a new kind of technology is steadily emerging and it is one that may seriously jeopardize a privacy component considered to be self-evident - the right to our own personal thoughts.
Science fiction films and television shows are replete with references to authoritarian dictatorships that have employed technology to ascertain the thinking processes and personal reflections of individuals within the populace. Perhaps the definitive work that deals with the provocative subject, George Orwell’s dystopian novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” describes the presence of countless telescreens, which are devices that allow the government to determine whether individuals hold unspoken views that question the ruling party or stand in opposition to authorities. [more...]