The following two TED talks reveal just how powerful networks are. In the first video the power of networks is reveal through crowd sourcing global goals and making an impact on thing like child poverty. But the being able to collect and connect global goals and then make commitments also means that the global telecoms and internet providers know not only who and where you are but who you are communicating with and about what.
In this second video the reality of just how much data the telecoms and internet providers have on all of us who are connected through our mobile technologies is revealed. It will be very easy for countries like Iran and China to track who the network leaders are. This makes one ask if bringing down the Berlin wall and the subsequent fall of the iron curtain would have happened if the Stasi would have known who was talking to who and who was leading the charge. Lots to consider.