So, I have asked these questions elsewhere, before, but in light of recent comments I want to ask them here, again.
 

What would be undesirable about a surveillance society [a system in which huge quantities of accurate, reliable data is constantly being collected and maintained so that, as a practical matter, all information about each organization, person and event is accurately recorded, organized, accessible and transferable] if, at the same time, the government system were totally transparent, accountable, responsible, participative, libertarian, open, fair, just, compassionate, effective, efficient... and secure against abuse?

 

How do we secure such a system against abuse?

 
Boris
 
----- Original Message -----
From: [log in to unmask] href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">Frank Wood
To: [log in to unmask] href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">[log in to unmask]
Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2011 5:06 PM
Subject: Re: "Relative happiness"...????

As an interesting footnote, apparently George Orwell originally wanted to call the novel 1948 but was forced to change the year as 1948 was considered too controversial. 

A bit ironic that!

Frank

On 6 Jan 2011, at 21:45, russell_c wrote:

"Don't worry, be happy -- your continued employment may depend on it."

That's good.

And perhaps: "... here is the mandatory pill to take daily while employed to ensure it happens". Drug testing to make sure you are taking your Soma!

"1984.." -- the only inaccuracy was the date: pitched about 30 years too soon.

Anything but good management and ethical behaviour to reduce the need for it.



On Fri, Jan 7, 2011 at 3:05 AM, Doug McDavid <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
This suggests a corrolary to a famous catch phrase from a few years ago: "Don't worry, be happy -- your continued employment may depend on it."


On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 7:44 AM, allenna leonard <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
This looks like another ineffective needle in the haystack idea that will do much more harm than good if implemented.  Very few human beings who work in bureaucracies are happy.  From my recollection of one close friend, 10% of time was spent doing real work the other 90 satisfying silly requests, deliberate obstruction or out in left field political priorities.
 
Based on my own work in university administration ages ago it was 5% to 95% but things may have changed since.
 
Allenna
 

 


From: russell_c <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Wed, January 5, 2011 8:46:07 AM
Subject: "Relative happiness"...????

Yike, this is getting hot!

Good bye American Pie!

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