Here’s a story that illustrates the yin and yang of our surveillance society. Internet access has largely been cut off in Myanmar, as have phone communications. The military rulers don’t want us to know what’s going on – and want dissenters isolated. But Wired reports that satellite images are being analyzed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science to document human rights abuses, which they have done previously for abuses in Zimbabwe and Darfur.
It can be unnerving to know how much we are watched by those satellites. But here’s a case where it’s reassuring.