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At what point will the corporate state harness the power of the Internet to shut down dissent.

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The Internet, which was supposed to be a civilian space, has become a militarized space. It has become not only a tool to educate, but the mechanism to cement into place a “Postmodern Surveillance Dystopia” that is supranational and dominated by global corporate power. This new system of global control will merge global humanity into one giant grid of mass surveillance and mass control.

It is only through encryption that we can protect ourselves and it is only by breaking through the digital walls of secrecy erected by the power elite that we can expose power. What we fear is the possibility that the corporate state will eventually harness the power of the Internet to shut down dissent.

The Internet, our greatest tool for emancipation, has been transformed into the most dangerous facilitator of totalitarianism we have ever seen.

— From Chris Hedges’ Wages of Rebellion[cherry_banner image=”4624″ title=”Adbusters #120″ url=”http://subscribe.adbusters.org/collections/back-issues/products/ab120″ template=”issue.tmpl”]Manifesto for World Revolution, Part 3[/cherry_banner]