We had a lecture as part of my MA course from Adam Burns about Intelligent Media. It linked up social political issues with technical ones, covering how isssues to do with Data are connected to Control / Surveillance / Power particularly in the light of technological developments.
This is something that most people are probably not very aware of except in quite an abstract sense. Adam illustrated the range of data that is available to others when we connect electronically to a network. Mostly these egs came from the Internet and Ethernet and many were shon via to Free2Air an organisation he is involved in.