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Two recent news stories shifted my sights back to the privacy battle within the developing technology world.

It seems that consumers — fed up with ongoing government spying — have turned to technology manufacturers to address the issue because the government seems unwilling.

Apple Inc., Google Inc., Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc., AT&T Inc. and others have decided to start encrypting their hand-held devices and information to keep nosey law enforcement from snooping on customers.


Nothing touches Americans more — and Americans touch nothing more — than technology.

Census data shows that in 2013, 83.8 percent of U.S. households reported computer ownership — with 78.5 percent of all households having a desktop or laptop computer, and 63.6 percent having a handheld computer.

That same data shows that in 2013, 74.4 percent of all households reported Internet use — with 73.4 percent reporting a high-speed connection.

Add to that cell phones and smart phones, apps and access in public libraries, and well, you get the drift.


The midterm elections now appear in our rearview mirror.

The outcomes offered no real surprises. The Republican Party enjoyed a field day — strengthening its hold on the House, taking a majority in the Senate and picking off more governorships.

In my state, and I am guessing in many others, the Republican rave extended all the way to the local level.

So if the outcomes were so predictable, did we learn anything from them?