The threats of Facebook and data mining – Prof. Eben Moglen

In this video presentation, law professor Eben Moglen brilliantly explains the how proprietary, closed-source, communication technologies are potentially bringing 1,000 years of struggle for freedom of speech and thought to an end.  Who ultimately prevails is yet to be seen.

As Moglen lucidly describes the rise of data harvesting and analysis, it is worth considering his words in light of the roll-out of Smart Meters in people’s homes and workplaces, and the introduction of tablet computers and smart phones into the schools and recreational lives of our children.