It's the Golden Age for communication.
A generation ago, long-distance messaging consisted of letter-writing and phone calls from a telephone anchored to the wall.
These days, thanks to cell phones and the Internet, anyone can communicate from almost anywhere to almost anyone, using technology that sounded like science fiction 20 years ago. On Twitter, or on Skype, it makes little difference if you're in Milan in Italy or in Milan in Ohio.
But with all these blessings come many curses.
That is, it's also the Golden Age for surveillance. If you fall under suspicion, there are new ways for the government to track you and learn all about you.
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