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People focus on the technology and the language of 1984. Or the fact it was a look at what a totalitarian regime could be like in the UK. But the entire book is an exploration of a society built on the idea of the Panopticon. People always being watched so they conform.
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RT @SimonUbsdell
The backstory of "1984" is that people didn't care about being lied to.

They were content to facilitate the rise of monsters.

The monsters didn…
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It's not just in the UK, its happening elsewhere. The tools to form the Panopticon have been in the works for years. We are only just noticing it now. It might seem hopeless. But there are things you can do. For a start educate yourself. You have a right to demand better privacy

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If you are technically minded check out The @ietf statement from 1996 on this: tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1984 if you aren't don't worry other organisations and people have your back. @EFF,@privacyint, @amnestyusa/@AmnestyUK, people like @hypervisible,@PrivacyMatters for a start

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Don't let the monsters win. Arm yourself with knowledge, don't give up hope. The techs been created, but we can start to limit its use. Demand better from tech. Consider joining the Internet with networks like @MastodonProject and @joindiaspora.

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You can also tune into @hopeconf where I am giving a presentation on August 2nd at 1400GMT, where I have a few suggestions on how we get people to care beyond pithy comments on our governments using Orwells novel their playbook. scheduler.hope.net/hope2020/ta

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For some monsters, you need 

@wauz
Not everyone is prepared to be a monster to fight monsters. You also have to be able to let the monsterous part go afterwards. History shows us that humanity isn't very good at that part. Plus weaponry makes me think about Sean Connery and the untouchables. As well as the citizen militias. I'd rather try talking first.

re: For some monsters, you need 

@onepict @wauz the predator part doesn't really come or go on demand. it just sorta always is. :blobcatdevil:

some predators just prefer to eat the other predators.

re: For some monsters, you need 

@icedquinn
It's one of the things about the terrors in the aftermath that fascinated me. Just the people in charge and the ideology that twisted into something quite harmful. Especially with the enforcement and what happened to the City of Lyon. From something so hopeful to trying to obliterate a city. The decision to do that and enforce it was monsterous.
@wauz

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