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Social media: Can we take back power from the tech giants and their government overlords?

Almost 70 years ago, George Orwell wrote a nightmare into our language when, in his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, he imagined a future in which 'Big Brother' scrutinises an enslaved society with an all-seeing eye.

More recently, civil libertarians have warned ubiquitous CCTV and Government surveillance, born out of the fight against terrorism, have begun to fulfil Orwell's prophesy.

Yet both the fictional fantasies and daily realities pale into insignificance alongside the threat posed by social media.

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