In Pictures: Tech 2013, 10 headlines from the future

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Privacy goes public

The age of increased online monitoring will reach a tipping point in 2013. People will care dramatically less about the personal data they post online, and will stop worrying who reads it. Meanwhile, the U.S. National Security Agency's online data collection center in Utah will go live, harvesting data about Americans’ online activities on a massive scale.

Delighting in the Zuckerbergian era of oversharing, users will collectively shrug their shoulders and continue to publicly post every facet of their lives. Data harvesters will lick their chops, and use the info to create ever-more-accurate digital dossiers on everyone—and share them with advertisers and nosy NSA agents. Privacy groups will cry foul and try to warn us.

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