We are living in a surveillance state

From the Verizon scandal a few days ago to new reports stating of massive Internet surveillance by the US government, can American’s be assured that any shreds of remaining privacy be salvaged?
In a program called PRISM, the NSA reportedly has access to the servers of sites like, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo, Microsoft, Google and Apple (all of which are currently denying any knowledge or involvement with the PRISM program. In a presentation, which can be seen here, PRISM is said to give the NSA access to email, video and voice chat, photos, secure data, file transfers and more.
NBC News (via The Verge) is adding to the conversation with a report saying the NSA has been extensively collecting the phone calls of every American for the last seven years.
From the trends on Twitter, this will not go away quietly.

This, of course, brings us to a junction in American politics. There are many questions that need asked and the need for many more answers. We cannot let this injustice and invasion of privacy go unchallenged today.  Regardless of the answers given by the government about the success of the surveillance program, without proper transparency and explanation, the American people will continue to distrust Washington.

Facebook Changes Up What It Created

It looks like Facebook is doing some social change up as Google+ goes public.  Facebookers are crying they’ll run to the Google camp, but woah just one minute…Timeline…what’s this?, they ask.

Timeline is Facebook’s take on your life story – a digital scrapbook of sorts that was revealed Thursday at the F8 Conference.  It catogorizs everything you’ve ever posted into years so you can look back to see who you were, one, two, or five years ago.  Photos, post, friends, everything – and a slew of new items too, like movies, music, books…virtually anything you can think of.

This is changing the social game forever.

Facebook is bringing the emphasis back away from Farmville and back to the profiles.  Why is this important?  Because the future of social networking will be finding and following trends your friends are starting or participating in.

We go to our friends first for advice on new things, why not make that social and digital too?

Also, I think this opens up Facebook to a whole new world of applications…why can’t college classes be tought through Facebook and social networking?  Files can be transfered and sylabi downloaed.  What’s stopping a school from going social?

Not a whole lot actually, it’s just a matter of time before we move to that relm.

Here’s the video on Facebook Timeline, set to debut just a few weeks from now: