The perils of smartphones

by Phil Elmore -- It's a difficult time to be a dedicated user of consumer technology. The pervasive nature of technology, and how this affects American citizens and their liberties on a more…

CNN plug-in: Immoral, dangerous software

by Phil Elmore -- It may sound like a monster from a deep-sea horror movie. It might read like the villainous organization from a spy thriller. Octoshape, however, is neither. It is, more…

Not just gov't that can be tyrannical

by Phil Elmore -- For as long as consumer technology has existed, efforts have been made to counter it. In many technological demographics, this creates a kind of "arms race" in which more…

Technological demonizing

by Phil Elmore -- It is a fundamental characteristic of our technologically driven society, and one that we have discussed previously in Technocracy, that technology distances us from one another. The paradox more…

Will Obama's thugs seize your laptop?

by Phil Elmore -- Twice in the last week, different reports of laptop confiscation have crossed the Technocracy desk. The first is not so terribly surprising; the second is much more alarming. more…

He wants you 'hatemongers' silenced

by Phil Elmore -- When Declan McCullagh's piece in CNET News sounded the dire warning, "Bill would give president emergency control of Internet," it wasn't a surprise to readers of Technocracy. Back more…

No, the Net is not anonymous

by Phil Elmore -- Her name is Rosemary Port. She's a remarkably attractive, 29-year-old student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, a SUNY school in New York City. She doesn't have anything more…

Our boorish, elitist overlords

by Phil Elmore -- The recent furor over President Obama's ill-conceived attempt to nationalize one-seventh to one-sixth of the United States' economy is a good example of an increasingly prevalent phenomenon in more…

'1984': It's here

by Phil Elmore -- With those children, he thought, that wretched woman must lead a life of terror. Another year, two years, and they would be watching her night and day for more…