I was making a note of numerous sources of personal information available to tech giants and government, and how, if all used together, they pose a threat to the return to democracy (though their ability to idenitfy who, and allow govt to track & know every aspect of any person life who is attempting the return to democracy) - should democracy ever fall or become corrupted enough to no longer resemble democracy. This includes:
- the ever moving trend towards the centralisation of all digital information
- location services (on phones)
- facial recognition linked to centralised servers hooking into CCTV (location services)
- the likely eventual move towards facial recognition services on all law enforcement personal (who now carry body worn cameras, so it is only another existing tech to add)
- already existing instant communication between enforcement personnel (which can still be improved)
- all internet traffic being scooped up (couple with key word alarms)
- all phone calls being scooped up (coupled with key word alarms)
- tech platforms (facebook etc) providing govt with every friend you have
- tech 'phone number backup' platforms providing contacts for every friend you have
- tech already existing to track any one individual on the net, regardless of attempts to hide behind VPN's/TOR etc (this is mentioned in context of the central question
- digital bank accounts
- credit card purchases enabling purchase history (which by itself is no big deal. What it does do is link into all of the above to give movement histories)
the ability to link between all of those
The automated nature of all of those links & the automated nature of searching those linkages.
Ie. In a future society, with true information integration - If any group were attempting to return an overthrown democracy back to democracy:
- its pool of individual canditates will likely be elminated from lack of technical knowledge regarding the internet, phone issues, and general communication issues
- as almost all forms of communication on the net can be monitored (even Edward Snowden had to bend over backwards, with knowledge, to avoid detection)...so how to you start a group for that return, and grow that group/movement, or co-ordinate across the large areas of a country that would need to be co-ordinated across?
- For phone calls - same issues above (there are some messaging services believed secure)
- so, even the beginnings of a movement are difficult, and any coordinated movement to return democracy appears impossible.
- and inidividuals who do not understand the connected world we live in, leave themselves open to be picked up very easily (Max doesn't quite comprehend the difference in manpower hours between human based intel & computerised tracking efficiencies)
- and so on, and so on...
Basically, the way we are heading - years in the future when everything is truly centralised and integrated - if democracy should ever fall, then it appears to me unlikely that any movement to return democracy would even be able to get off the ground.
Currently, while many dictators are successful at suppressing their population through methods Max mentioned...many are also unsuccessful, and get overthrown. My concern is that with the move towards centralised/integrated information - in tech centralised countries - it will no longer be possible to overthrow dictatorial regimes.
That of course, is a projection onto future events, where the tech is truly integrated, and in the hands of the wrong people.
Perhaps it will never come to that.