Big Brother

George Orwell‘s novel 1984 is about a totalitarian state that constantly monitors its citizens, even in their private homes. Devices that cannot be switched off are installed everywhere, spreading propaganda and collecting information at the same time: Big Brother is watching you! Language is also strictly controlled and constantly reduced (Newspeak) to prevent critical thinking. The control extends right into the mind, where any disa- greeable thinking is brutally sanctioned by the thought police.

Data protectionists have long warned of the erosion of privacy and the development of a ‚transparent society‘. Since Edward Snowden revealed the extent of the secret services‘ global surveillance and spying practices in 2013, the warning has become more relevant than ever.