For reasons of efficiency, business computing is moving away fromthe networks of autonomous desktop machines that characterized the80s and 90s towards an outsourcing model of thin desktops and fatservers that is in style reminiscent of the timesharing systems ofthe 60s and 70s. One unappreciated consequence is the increasingcentralization of control over the office worker's environment. Theresulting loss of ability to maintain individual machineconfigurations will add a new dimension of workplace surveillance,even for high level professionals and will adversely affect theprivacy of all who work with computers.
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