To talk about Orwell again, he warned about the perils of ubiquitous surveillance, yet you live in London, potentially the most surveilled city on the planet. Why didn’t Orwell stop that? He wrote the best argument against it.
Technology is on a sine curve. It builds up the power of the individual and the small collective to be private and to work together to a point, and then the reaction reduces that freedom through technology, and the counter-reaction builds it up. You can see that sine wave since the time of Orwell. He caught it at a trough, and I think he mistook a downward sine curve for a downward curve that had no bottom. It’s pretty clear to me that in the wake of Orwell, technology had a massive effect for liberating people, whether that was phone freaks or zines or all of that other stuff, all the way up to BBSs and the early days of the Internet cryptography. The job of an activist can’t be to prevent the downward curve. I don’t think we can. I think the job of the activist is to dampen its amplitude and reduce its frequency, while increasing the amplitude and frequency of the upward curve.