Facebook issued its first transparency report this week; the United States tops the list of governments making data requests in the first six months of 2013, with up to 12,000 requests affecting as many as 21,000 user accounts.
Countries around the world are talking about open government, and people are creating useful tools and uncovering important stories with open data. But legislative obstacles, fear, and gaps in access to information communication technology can reduce or even detract from the benefits of open government.
The problem with modern surveillance is that much more is gathered than can be analyzed. Recent trends in human computing and the use of games to perform complex tasks might fix that problem. In the future, we may all be surveillance analysts.
Snowden’s flight to Hong Kong in late May stirred a wide and active response on the Chinese Internet. Snowden’s name was one of the top-ranked topics on China’s Twitter-like microblogging website Sina Weibo in June.