We may remember 2018 as the year when technology’s dystopian potential became clear.

That ranges from Facebook’s role in enabling the harvesting of our personal data for election interference to a seemingly unending series of revelations about the dark side of Silicon Valley’s connect-everything ethos.

More awaits us in 2019, as surveillance and data-collection efforts ramp up and artificial intelligence systems start sounding more human.

But there are also countermeasures afoot in Congress and state government — and even among tech-firm employees who are more active about ensuring their work is put to positive ends.

Artificial intelligence expert Meredith Whittaker says one positive outcome from these scandals is “a growing public awareness that there’s an accountability crisis in tech.”

FILE - In this April 18, 2018, file photo, a graphic from the Cambridge Analytica website is displayed on a computer screen in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
FILE – In this April 18, 2018, file photo, a graphic from the Cambridge Analytica website is displayed on a computer screen in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
FILE - This Jan. 17, 2017, file photo shows a Facebook logo being displayed in a start-up companies gathering at Paris' Station F, in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
FILE – This Jan. 17, 2017, file photo shows a Facebook logo being displayed in a start-up companies gathering at Paris’ Station F, in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2018, file photo, a mobile phone displays a user's travels using Google Maps in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
FILE – In this Aug. 8, 2018, file photo, a mobile phone displays a user’s travels using Google Maps in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, Google CEO Sundar Pichai appears before the House Judiciary Committee to be questioned about the internet giant's privacy security and data collection, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE – In this Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, Google CEO Sundar Pichai appears before the House Judiciary Committee to be questioned about the internet giant’s privacy security and data collection, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Source: The Associated Press