We are at the beginning of an age where the internet is becoming a battlefield.
Corporate Hacker Tries to Take Down WikiLeaks - The Colbert Report
The above brings to light the power of the Internet and technology in our age while making light of the situation.
- It is obvious that the Internet has reached a point where it is more powerful than any weapon we could of ever dreamed of. Governments lead by brutal dictators are in the process of being replaced with democracy, five to be exact. We have the Internet and transparency within to thank for this.
"So, Why Does the Air Force Want Hundreds of Fake Online Identities on Social Media?"
- The government has come to realize this to be true. Please read the above article for more information. I have reason to believe that the CIA are the ones behind wikileaks as well as Anonymous, but this is not relevant.
It is not the air force nor the CIA that I am afraid of using this in the wrong way here, I have full trust in how they will use this as their motivations are only militarily motivated and I do not think Obama would use this domestically one way or the other.
However, we do not know how the next president will choose to use these tools. Once we elect someone in power who understands this and will choose to use it for bad we could see some problems at home; However again this is not what I am worried about. What I am currently worried about is how private entities specially corporations and lobbyists will choose to use this tool once they catch full wind of it.
- Please allow me to paint a picture for you, imagine that people are being paid to pretend to be people just like you who will push their motivations on the Internet. Small enough communities could easily be overrun and ran in to the ground with these tools. Big enough communities could easily be swayed one way or another. You could find that there could easily be a play-book of the most useful tools to combat atheism. Suddenly you may not find your self arguing with one redneck religious nut, but instead 5 people with PHD's who in reality are actually just the same person. Influencing online polls by the millions to show that Atheists are even more dwindling. All it would take is say 10,000 very anti-atheist personalities on facebook constantly spreading hate against freedom of religion over a long enough period of time and you will find your self living in a country that is much worse off. The people with the money will use these tools however they like.
You may find these ramblings to be unrealistic, however all that I am asking from you is that you maintain a more vigilant train of thought and always investigate. Be prepared for what can happen and make sure those behind it are the ones held responsible no matter how much money/power they have to fight you.