Let's hope that many of the potentially good things that could come out of Big Data will not be too negatively impacted by the rapidly declining reputation of Big Brother Tech, but clearly this is going to be an area of robust debate that is only going to get more complex in the future.
In related news, Google is claiming that they are not part of any government surveillance program called "Prism" or anything else.
Here is Google CEO Larry Page:
First, we have not joined any program that would give the U.S. government—or any other government—direct access to our servers. Indeed, the U.S. government does not have direct access or a “back door” to the information stored in our data centersMy question: The operative word is "directly." Could they be indirectly providing access to the government, perhaps through a 3rd party government contractor like Palantir? Moreover, can they confirm if they are giving direct access to ANY 3rd party entity at all? It will be telling if these follow-up questions get answered in the days ahead....
One other pithy question: Is journalist Glenn Greenwald the new Winston Smith??