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"Science fiction operates a little bit like science itself, in principle. You've got thousands of people exploring ideas, putting forth their own hypotheses. Most of them are dead wrong; a few stand the test of time; everything looks kind of quaint in hind"
- Peter Watts

Privacy Screen  
  A device that shields occupants from all possible forms of electronic intrusion and surveillance.  

Molly wants to talk strategy with Case, but knows that near-universal surveillance can be achieved. How to have a private conversation?

[He] saw that it was a solid sandwich of circuitry, nearly a centimeter thick. He helped the man lift it and position it in the doorway. Quick, nicotine-stained fingers secured it with a white velcro border. A hidden exhaust fan began to purr.

"Time," the man said, straightening up, 'and counting. You know the rate, Moll..."

"... we'll want full screen for as long as we want it."

"Hey, that's fine by the Finn, Moll. You're only paying by the second."

They sealed the door behind him, and Molly turned one of the white chairs around and sat on it, chin resting on crossed forearms. "We talk now. This is as private as I can afford."

From Neuromancer, by William Gibson.
Published by Phantasia Press in 1984
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Compare to the anti-spying device from Isaac Asimov's 1951 novel Foundation.

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