"The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty."
I always feel conflicted about my role as a developer when thinking of this quote from McCarthy. As a developer, I want the most efficient possible data recording, indexing, and searching. At the same time, though, in the past it was inconceivable to implement mass-monitoring of the public because the effort to record, store, and correlate the information was simple too great. Clearly that's no longer the case (or at least, is rapidly becoming less of the case), as witnessed by the NSA monitoring programs, the Great Firewall of China, etc.