Thanks to recent revelations, the massive scope of surveillance and technology is being exposed ... sort of.
A recent Wired article outlines how large the information gathering business has become and highlights the the global war all of us are deeply involved in:
"Tens of thousands of people move through more than 50 buildings—the city has its own post office, fire department, and police force. But as if designed by Kafka, it sits among a forest of trees, surrounded by electrified fences and heavily armed guards, protected by antitank barriers, monitored by sensitive motion detectors, and watched by rotating cameras. To block any telltale electromagnetic signals from escaping, the inner walls of the buildings are wrapped in protective copper shielding and the one-way windows are embedded with a fine copper mesh."
Also, a look at one city where digital existence is required - via this report from NPR.