I was talking to an policy wonk in Washington DC. Asked him what's the word in DC about the NSA scandal. Says that politicians are doing their polls and most of the American public is supporting spying on all of us according to the polls coming back.
Translation: we're going to get a lot of heat and fury but at the end of the day nothing will change (the polls show that 60% of Americans support the NSA's spying). "We get the government we deserve," he told me. He says that politicians will give a lot of speeches, but at the end of the day not much will change (the same sort of thing is happening with gun control).
The thing the EFF and the geeks aren't acknowledging is that most people are a lot more afraid of another 9/11 happening than something abstract that a government could do to them. 9/11 took our entire economy offline. Even I don't know of anyone in my life who has suffered because of the NSA spying (yeah, we know of abstract cases, but not someone I know).
On the streets in Silicon Valley, my Facebook, Gmail, and texts haven't slowed down. All sorts of companies are pushing forward into the age of context. So, has these new disclosures changed anything other than to make us feel generally uncomfortable that our government is listening in?
I think it slowed down our move into the Age of Context just a bit. We now are becoming very aware of just how these technologies can be used for and against us.
That is the good thing to come out of this.
By the way, this article nails where the future of technology is going. We're all going to have our own personal "metadata analyzer."
For me? Bring it on. For you? Are you scared of the future? It's coming, whether you like it or not.