The latest in the string of controversies as part of the United States' ongoing "war on terror", is the military's growing reliance on "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles" otherwise known as 'drones', evidenced by the international reaction to recent drone missile attacks along the border in Pakistan. The military is also deploying other technological advancements alongside, such as robots in the battlefield and drones that work in swarms. Is this just a big computer game? A new tech-driven arms race? It doesn't end there though -- drones are now creeping into use by police and the intelligence services as a surveillance tool, and even into commercial and civilian use...
20 years on from the invention of the World Wide Web, The Virtual Revolution explores how the Internet is reshaping almost every aspect of our lives. But what is really going on behind this reshaping? The founding father of the Web, Tim Berners-Lee, believed his invention would remain an open frontier that nobody could own, and that it would take power from the few and give it to the many. So how do these utopian claims stand today? Have the possibilities of the technology been constrained purposefully by corporations and distorted by government?
Every day technologies are being used to monitor us with unprecedented scrutiny -- from driving habits to workplace surveillance, to shoppers and diners. We are all observed and analysed; Internet searches are monitored and used as evidence in court; the police track our movements on the road; governments collect our DNA, fingerprints and iris scans while colluding with corporations such as Acxiom, Lexis Nexis and ChoicePoint to gain access to the vast volumes of our personal information. And it's a lucrative business...