From my article in The Sunday Times today:

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“The issue here is not that this is even being considered. It’s that there is no space in which to talk about it. The government designs its path to the future that suits it and everyone else finds themselves fearing that doubt about the future the government wants is construed as an obtuse resistance to any future at all.

“A future where electronic eyes watch us  and measure our beha­viour; where an electronic brain decides if our behaviour makes us eligible to a bank loan, to access public space, to live as free women and free men. This is not an unlikely dystopia. This is how the technology being rolled out in Marsa and in Paceville is being applied by its developers in countries which, unlike ours, never pretended to be democracies.”

Read the rest of the article here.