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In the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations about the National Security Agency (NSA) using Google, Apple, Skype and co to spy on people, Orwell's dystopian classic 1984 shot up the Amazon sales rankings overnight. It was not lost on bloggers either that the NSA's Prism surveillance program bears some uncanny similarities to the 1998 action thriller Enemy of the State, which portrays Your Average Citizen (Will Smith) being hounded by rogue NSA agents armed with surveillance capabilities that knows no bounds. Media watchdogs were quick to castigate The Washington Post for overstating the NSA surveillance program capabilities asserted by Snowden, yet the public's gut reactions and gut feelings about the Internet opening a back door to surveillance states of the future seemed to be vindicated a week later when Snowden revealed to The Guardian that the British spy agency GCHQ had gone even further than the NSA. Britain's so-called Tempora program taps into vast streams of Internet and telephonic data by attaching intercept probes to transatlantic fibre optic cables that intersect on British shores.


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