Questioning the benefits of new technology is a human response. Those who do so are not stupid or afraid but are an important part of a democratic debate. Jane Martinson.
Poor communication of computer science to the non-technical public is a real problem. (ZDnet is on the boundary.) As a case study contrast the degree of hysteria in technical and non-technical sources of information vis-a-vis the recent Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL. NSA stuff above (Security Topic) is also relevant to this issue.