[[|http://www.smartmobs.com/index.html Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution]]
Smart mobs emerge when communication and computing technologies amplify human talents for cooperation. The impacts of smart mob technology already appear to be both beneficial and destructive, used by some of its earliest adopters to support democracy and by others to coordinate terrorist attacks. The technologies that are beginning to make smart mobs possible are mobile communication devices and pervasive computing - inexpensive microprocessors embedded in everyday objects and environments. Already, governments have fallen, youth subcultures have blossomed from Asia to Scandinavia, new industries have been born and older industries have launched furious counterattacks.
I| assume by mobs you mean rather inclusive chunks of humynyty. The communication and computing technologies are great, but what of data capture technologies? It is in this area that the mobs have been content to leave the driving to someone else, in my opinion to their own detriment.
Interesting you should mention Asia. It appears that in Asia, particularly the Indian subcontinent, the consumer movement is starting to turn a critical eye to data mining, not just on privacy grounds like everyone else, but on TransParency grounds.