I have a very different perspective. The advance of information
technology epitomized by Google heralds the death of privacy for
most people and shifts the world toward authoritarianism. This is
the principal thesis in my book, Cypherpunks. But while Mr.
Schmidt and Mr. Cohen tell us that the death of privacy will aid
governments in “repressive autocracies” in “targeting their
citizens,” they also say governments in “open” democracies will
see it as “a gift” enabling them to “better respond to citizen and
customer concerns.” In reality, the erosion of individual privacy
in the West and the attendant centralization of power make abuses
inevitable, moving the “good” societies closer to the “bad” ones.