Sacrificing anonymity may be the next generation's price for keeping precious liberty, as prior generations paid in blood.
You're wondering why I've called you here. The reason is simple. To answer all your questions. I mean -- all. This is the greatest news of our time. As of today, whatever you want to know, provided it's in the data-net, you can know. In other words, there are no more secrets.
JOHN BRUNNER, THE SHOCKWAVE RIDER, 1974
This is a tale of two cities. Cities of the near future, say ten or twenty years from now.
Barring something unforeseen, you are apt to be living in one of these two places. Your only choice may be which one.
At first sight, these two municipalities look pretty much alike. Both contain dazzling technological marvels, especially in the realm of electronic media. Both suffer familiar urban quandaries of frustration and decay. If