There is no such thing as ‘technology.’
Anyone who views critics of particular technologies as ‘luddites’ fundamentally misunderstands what technology is.There is no such thing as ‘technology.’ Rather there are specific technologies, produced by specific economic and political actors, and deployed in specific economic and social contexts. You can be anti-nukes without being anti-antibiotics. You can be pro-surveillance of powerful institutions without being pro-surveillance of individual people. You can work on machine vision for medical applications while campaigning against the use of the same technology for automatically identifying and tracking people. How? Because you take a moral view of the likely consequences of a technology in a particular context.”
“The greatest fear that I have regarding the outcome for America of these disclosures is that nothing will change.”
Listen to the explosive interview with Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations
Edward Snowden has risked everything to make the prism program public. The least we can do is action:
- Campaign to impeach all those responsible for PRISM at the NSA and in Government.
- Support efforts to review and repeal the patriot act
- Ditch the cloud and encrypt everything you can because giant US tech companies are no longer a trustworthy place to put your data
- Lead and initiate efforts to fight for freedom and privacy
…….An important aspect of personal autonomy is the right to shape one’s public and private persona by choosing when to tell the truth about oneself, when to conceal, and when to deceive. Of course, lies are often disbelieved or discovered, and that, too, is part of the push and pull of social intercourse. But it’s critical to leave such interactions in private hands, so that we can make choices about who we are. How can you develop a reputation as a straight shooter if lying is not an option?
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