But just who is this “they“, anyway?
It turns out, the answer is: It’s complicated!
The best place to look is the big data/spying nonsense. The real history of the internet gives a pretty good idea of just how it all works.
When you lump greedy CEOs together with power-hungry (and often paranoid) politicians, and then toss in some Tech Evangelists for good measure, you get exactly what we have today…
The best source to understand the internet:
Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet by Yasha Levine
The best source to understand the worst of our “leaders”:
Political Ponerology by Andrew Lobaczewski