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The Problem With How We Think Of Surveillance 96

Posted by samzenpus
from the watching-you dept.
blastboy writes "Here's a great essay on Snowden, technology and the problem with how we think of surveillance. From the article: 'Why do we give them our data? For the same reason that prompted the protesters to pull out their phones amid a swirl of tear gas: digital channels are one of the easiest ways we have to talk to one another, and sometimes the only way. There are few things more powerful and rewarding than communicating with another person. It’s not a coincidence that the harshest legal punishment short of the death penalty in modern states is solitary confinement. Humans are social animals; social interaction is at our core. Yet the more we connect to each other online, the more our actions become visible to governments and corporations. It feels like a loss of independence. But as I stood in Gezi Park, I saw how digital communication had become a form of organization. I saw it enable dissent, discord, and protest.'"
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The Problem With How We Think Of Surveillance

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  • Huh? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by msauve (701917) on Thursday February 13, 2014 @10:00PM (#46242995)
    "Why do we give them our data?"

    Wrong question, because it incorrectly assumes that something is willingly "given." More properly, "Why do they take our privacy?"
  • by hamster_nz (656572) on Thursday February 13, 2014 @10:15PM (#46243039)

    I'm sure a fair percentage of Slashdot readers would like nothing more than a nice quite room, limted exercise and regular meals. The only thing missing is a laptop, and good wifi github access. ... and please firewall off Facebook and Twitter - pretty please.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 13, 2014 @10:16PM (#46243049)

    Why do we virtually sign EULA's and don't read them? Don't people know that they are the law of the land and basically you give concent to them to use YOUR data in a manner that is outlined within said document. Obviously it's written in legaleese and not ment to be read by anybody except lawyers. If you don't want them to have your data, don't give it to them. The service is FREE for a reason, and YOU ARE THE PRODUCT THEY ARE SELLING.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.

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