Communications and IT technology is all-pervasive and is starting to affect our lives and our interactions (including political ones) in profound ways. Most of the effects are beneficial, enabling us to keep connected to each other and to be supported in ways previously possible only for a privileged few with teams of chauffeurs and servants, but it is also changing our social order in profound ways. And the changes we have seen so far are small compared with what is just around the corner.
We are all under scrutiny far more than we were, from dash cams and cycle cams to self-driving (& connected) cars and smart homes – this is very helpful in providing what we want when we want it, but also has major implications for all of us. It also has major implications for public policy and those managing it. If our smartphones have problems or just fail to connect we are much more affected than if a mere telephone line failed.