Total surveillance

Under the pretext of protecting society from criminal activities, people are being monitored in all aspects of their lives: Cameras are installed everywhere, data is collected, financial transactions are monitored, and all telephone and internet communication is intercepted – even in private spaces. As a result, Western states could increasingly transform into surveillance states. Not only conspiracy theorists and science fiction authors warn against this Orwellian scenario, but also scholars and experts such as Noam Chomsky, Yuval Harari, or whistleblower Edward Snowden. They consider mass surveillance as a gross violation of privacy and as a threat to freedom and democracy.