No. 1 tech story of 2011: The war for control of the Internet (and your data)

From net neutrality to CarrierIQ to Twitter subpoenas, the battle over digital rights and privacy rages on

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and foreign governments, banks continued to choke off contributions to Wikileaks in retaliation for the whistle-blowing site's publication of confidential government and corporate documents. The U.S. Department of Justice subpoenas Twitter for information about the accounts of Wikileaks members and supporters (sympathizers? fellow travelers?). Because the Internet information pipeline should only flow one way.

Hacktivist collective Anonymous, which helped globalize the OccupyWallStreet movement, is branded a national security threat by the FBI. Members start getting arrested.

Efforts by the powerful to control data and the flow of information will continue because information is both power and money. Power always seeks more power. And power always wants you to trust it.

Don't.

Top 11 tech stories of 2011 links

No. 11: Netflix's public suicide art project

No. 10: The cloud rises

No. 9: Tales of tablet triumph, tragedy

No. 8: Patent wars

No. 7: The social 'bubble'

No. 6: Meet the new boss

No. 5: HP's meltdown

No. 4: AT&T's $4 billion blink

No. 3: Seismic smartphone shift

No. 2: The decline and death of Steve Jobs

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