What is Dystopian Fiction?

As a sub-genre of science fiction, the popular dystopian novel can challenge readers’ views about current social and political climates, offer warnings, and in some instances, inspire action. But how is dystopian fiction determined?

Amazon’s Facial Recognition Technology Can Now Detect Fear in People

(CD) — Privacy advocates are responding with alarm to Amazon’s claim this week that the controversial cloud-based facial recognition system the company markets to law enforcement agencies can now detect “fear” in the people it targets. “Amazon is going to get someone killed by recklessly marketing this dangerous and invasive surveillance technology to governments,” warned Evan Greer, deputy director…

Surveillance Slips Into Totalitarianism…But Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned

It’s a page out of Orwell’s 1984. The increasing revelations about surveillance across the globe into our private lives is causing a divide in the Western states. Are the actions of the NSA in the United States, and the ASD in Australia creating an increasingly totalitarian environment? Are the Western states increasingly becoming paranoid with…

The Top 10 Dystopian Songs

(By Aral Bereux) Some of the greatest hits of all time have been created with dystopian themes. Music, books and films — they strike a proverbial chord with audiences. From Prince to Good Charlotte, Imagine Dragons and Bright Eyes, here are but a few music hits to consider. Eve of Destruction, Barry McGuire. The lyrics…

Facebook Censorship Has “Chilling Effect on News”

Facebook has been in the censorship news again. This time with former employees coming forward to confirm that the social media platform does indeed censor news. According to one ex-journalist, the site regularly excludes U.S. conservative topics for the trending section on the right hand side of the website – even if they were trending…

Pre-Crime Unit in China to be Established

Minority Report’s Pre-Crime is no longer a work of fiction. The Communist Party in China are working closely with state-run defense contractors, China Electronics Technology Group, to develop a software program that will collate citizens’ everyday behavior and pre-determine terrorist acts before they occur. Data collated will include hobbies, jobs, consumption habits, unorthodox behavior and…