Government & Technology

Big Data, Big Brother, and Small Returns for Some


I said it before: Big money follows big data follows big disruption.

The Silicon Valley Business Journal recently wrote about Sequoia Capital Investor Michael Moritz arguing the position that collectively we are creating a massive data factory by our willingness to leave personal data behind which is in turn creating a new tech economy leaving many behind.  According to Moritz only a small number of workers are qualified to work in this tech boom and many are getting left behind.

In the same arena, an article in the local Palo Alto paper, The Daily Post,  about the local scooping up of citizen’s data cited an interview with a former East German military man who served in the Stasi, the secret police. He said he was amazed by the amount of information the United States collects on its citizens and his country’s secret police would  loved to have had this much data.   “It is the height of naivete to think this data won’t be used.”

Editor Dave Price’s article is worth reading in The Post.

“The times they are a’ changing.” Bob Dylan

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things that are beyond the control of our will.” Epictetus

Maybe. It depends. You decide.

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