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Editorial: The internet’s prying profiteers

Sooner or later, the world will have to try and get a grip with the pace of technological change

By Tom Clark   February 2018

Only two decades ago, when Google was founded, the internet was on the fringes of real life, a place for misfit students to hang out. Their parents may have heard of the web, but were clueless about it.

Today, in many respects, the internet is real life. It is where we shop, work and connect with lovers and friends. It has become the streets in which we trade insults, and the town square where we protest. Smartphones are, almost literally, our window on the world. The web is our way into…

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