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December 02, 2003On the web, Esther Dyson worries about social networking, wondering whether services like Plaxo, Friendster, Spoke and LinkedIn are taking us towards "a world of surveillance, not just on the part of governments or even corporations, but widespread peer-to-peer surveillance." Via Many to Many, where David Weinberger argues that "these social networks are debasing the words 'friend' and 'social'."
Jim Moore, meanwhile, believes that technology is giving birth to a "second superpower" dedicated to opposing the United States (see also Eric, Taran and the Register), while First Monday compares how two very different social movements (Stormfront and MoveOn use the net.