When news broke of the U S Government's massive surveillance of e-mails, web transactions and cell phone activity the power crazy billionaires of Silicon Valley were quick to deny that their organizations had any involvement. Given the track record of these creeps on honesty, nobody should have needed to be told they were all in up to their nacks on the scam. I mean, Bill Gates, puh! He's the guy you may remember who has told us that every new generation of Windows was great. And they were all not fit for purpose from our POV.
From the perspective of Microsoft and their business partners however these packages did exactly the job they were intended to. Each was so clunky and full of bugs Microsoft has to load millions of patches and fixes so that our systems quickly became so bloated we had to but new, more powerful hardware. Every generation was so full of loopholes for hackers and malware merchants to exploit we needed new security software. And by the time we had all that, our desktop was so incompatible with legacy software we had to buy later versions of our favourite packages.
I admit to having an advantage here, having been a computer consultant I thought ahead and simply kept my old drives which I slot into a docking station and thus I can load up Win 98 if I wish and use my old software. (the latest Windows I have is XP, I went Linux after that).
The whole Windows / Internet thing has been the biggest scam ever, with a decent operating system 90 per cent of people could do everything they will ever want to do on a Pentium 2. I know, I run Linux on a ten year old system for my photo, music and movie editing.
Given that the whole scam has been pulled off with the complicity of governments it was obvious that at some stage government would call in the favours. It is not a new thing, have a look at what Project Echelon (set up in the 1990s) is about. www.character-education.us/echelon.htm
Of course the internet companies were in on it. Government (your tax money) bought them the hugely expensive infrastructure for their search and social networking businesses.
So when Facebook's Zuckerberg and Google's Larry Page stepped forward to deny having given your private data to government agencies, apart from the fact that neither of the semi autistic little nerds would recognise the truth if it ran up and kicked them in the cobblers, it was obvious they were lying. Well it was obvious to someone like me, if the Pentagon can't keep British and Dutch geeks out of their servers, let alone Chinese, Russian and Iranian spies, Facebook andGoogle, with their clunky sites built by script kiddies rather than veteran programmers who know how computer systems and networks work are not going to be able to keep the Government out.
But as I said, these companies would not try to resist the government, they are all far too cosy with each other. The reason governments have sunk so much money into building the internet infrastructure is because the technology, even before the www was launched, offered the potential for total monitoring and total control of the information we see.