The year is 2078. Most of the population exists in cities as climate change has left much of the world uninhabitable because of storms or famine. Food is mostly 3D printed from refined waste and whatever artificial derivatives of food resources are left over.
After massive lobbying efforts, big technology was able to skirt by government regulation. No antitrust legislation was pushed through, allowing the creation of one tech megacorporation: Nightshade. Nightshade creates devices, networks, and content, making them the dominant technology source.
Nightshade created a device called Specs; an advanced augmented reality headset. This headset taps into human physiology, making it the one device that a person could need. Specs overtook the computer, smartphone, and wearables industry. The content and immersion capabilities of Specs make them the most desired product to own. People crave their use.
Because of the populace's increased digital addiction, Nightshade realized that people would work just to be able to afford screen time on their devices. Early adopters (the rich) payed the way for Nightshade to take over so those small % of people live inside created walled cities, free to use the devices as much as they want in isolated rooms allowing for full immersion.
The rest of the populace work to gather the resources for Nightshade's cities and products. Because Nightshade had their hands so deep in government pockets, they have essentially taken over control. They provide energy through their nuclear power plants and create food and clean water for everyone who can work for it.
So far Nightshade has kept a tight grip on the general populace, squashing all attempts to diminish that control... Until now there has not been a strong enough resistance force to fight back and wake up those under their spell.