As I read Little Brother, I thought about how it’s not so far fetched for the government to be targeting kids and teenagers when it comes to terrorism connected to technology. After all, wouldn’t it make the most sense that a generation that has grown up with it, that has always had it in their lives, would know more than a generation that hasn’t, that the digital natives would be at an advantage? It was interesting because so often people are targeting adults and non-natives, but as Marcus demonstrated, power can fall into the hands of high-school students who have an interest in technology and a desire to get around the system.
The book got me thinking, how much can the government track legally and how is the line drawn? Do people have to be made aware of what is being tracked and what isn’t? Since the internet and technology seems to rely so much and “assumed ethics,” I can’t help but wonder what the government may assume is okay when it comes to monitoring. Of course, government tracking can occasionally be seen as beneficial, anyone who has watched To Catch a Predator on MSNBC can support that. Anyone who has ever visited a website that lets them know where all of the sex offenders in the neighborhood are may also be able to attest to how the information technology provides can be seen as beneficial.