Sharon Weinberger, an American journalist and writer who largely covers defense and security issues, as well as how ethics relate to them, delivered a talk on the implications of surveillance tech for TED.
Weinberger starts by speaking to a problem that arose in Uzbekistan, and how the country's government were sold advanced technology that would allow them to spy on their citizens—allowing them to intercept their phone calls, identify callers using their unique voice print, and then pinpoint their exact location. She continues to show how this is just one example of the kind of surveillance tech that is being sold by western countries, who don't classify these powerful tools as weapons. As Weinberger explains, this is largely due to the unregulated nature of the industry, which has allowed companies to sell these dangerous tools without many limitations. The kind of surveillance tech being used in countries like Uzbekistan are being employed by authoritarian regimes, who are able to implement these tools to gain more control over their citizens, journalists, and others.
Weinberger provides many more examples that highlight the dangers of unregulated surveillance tech, and how they can be used as weapons in the information age.