This equality consists not only of rights but also of freedoms. In fact, many of the rights most cherished by citizens of democracies aren’t even provided for in law except by implication. They exist in that open-ended empty space created through the restriction of government power. For example, Americans only have a “right” to free speech because the government is forbidden from making any law restricting that freedom, and a “right” to a free press because the government is forbidden from making any law to abridge it. They only have a “right” to worship freely because the government is forbidden from making any law respecting an establishment of religion, and a “right” to peaceably assemble and protest because the government is forbidden from making any law that says they can’t.\#privacy #snowden #book #quote #permanent-record #surveillance #cia #nsa #liberty #freedom #rights
In contemporary life, we have a single concept that encompasses all this negative or potential space that’s off-limits to the government. That concept is “privacy.” It is an empty zone that lies beyond the reach of the state, a void into which the law is only permitted to venture with a warrant—and not a warrant “for everybody,” such as the one the US government has arrogated to itself in pursuit of mass surveillance, but a warrant for a specific person or purpose supported by a specific probable cause.
The word “privacy” itself is somewhat empty, because it is essentially indefinable, or over-definable. Each of us has our own idea of what it is. “Privacy” means something to everyone. There is no one to whom it means nothing.\
It’s because of this lack of common definition that citizens of pluralistic, technologically sophisticated democracies feel that they have to justify their desire for privacy and frame it as a right. But citizens of democracies don’t have to justify that desire—the state, instead, must justify its violation. To refuse to claim your privacy is actually to cede it, either to a state trespassing its constitutional restraints or to a “private” business.\
There is, simply, no way to ignore privacy. Because a citizenry’s freedoms are interdependent, to surrender your own privacy is really to surrender everyone’s. You might choose to give it up out of convenience, or under the popular pretext that privacy is only required by those who have something to hide. But saying that you don’t need or want privacy because you have nothing to hide is to assume that no one should have, or could have, to hide anything—including their immigration status, unemployment history, financial history, and health records. You’re assuming that no one, including yourself, might object to revealing to anyone information about their religious beliefs, political affiliations, and sexual activities, as casually as some choose to reveal their movie and music tastes and reading preferences.\
Ultimately, saying that you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different from saying you don’t care about freedom of speech because you have nothing to say. Or that you don’t care about freedom of the press because you don’t like to read. Or that you don’t care about freedom of religion because you don’t believe in God. Or that you don’t care about the freedom to peaceably assemble because you’re a lazy, antisocial agoraphobe. Just because this or that freedom might not have meaning to you today doesn’t mean that it doesn’t or won’t have meaning tomorrow, to you, or to your neighbor—or to the crowds of principled dissidents I was following on my phone who were protesting halfway across the planet, hoping to gain just a fraction of the freedoms that my country was busily dismantling.
The #whistleblower also told #Germany's Die Welt newspaper that he is also still interested in political asylum in Germany, where he had previously sought asylum without success. He added in comments to the German Der Spiegel newspaper that if he were found dead, it wouldn't be the result of suicide.#europe #eu #politics #usa #justice #freedom #democracy #independence
#snowden #surveillance #nsa #WesternStasi #tor
Permanent Record by Edward Snowden has appeared in Onionland
It's in the Imperial Library of Trantor. http://xfmro77i3lixucja.onion/book/xOUM1bEnutNBz1M3
It's also already appears on the Pirate Bay http://uj3wazyk5u4hnvtk.onion/search/Permanent%20Record/0/99/0
#snowden #privacy #surveillance #liberty #freedom #nsa #cia #permanent-record
I don’t care what anyone says, THERE IS SO MUCH GARBAGE in a Linux install, especially all the conversion and zip stuffThat said – I can at least find out what the files in a linux install are.
For The Empire, I can assure you, does not give the slightest flying shit about rape victims, unless they can be used to its advantage. On a daily basis, it perpetuates and facilitates mass rape all over the world, while expending tax dollars to cement and maintain all of the societal and environmental conditions that create rape culture.
The double-edged sword of the taboo of rape was constantly wielded against Julian Assange and his supporters over the last five years, albeit with ever-dwindling effectiveness. Allegations of rape against information activists are a lose-lose situation for us but a ‘win’ for our enemies, and that is again apparent in Appelbaum’s case. The end result is a real-life example of why these types of accusations are such an efficient tool for those wishing to utterly devastate and incapacitate a perceived rival. It emboldens the targets enemies and silences their friends. It isolates them and eclipses all their prior undertakings.
Organizers of today's #HongKong general strike say a #police helicopter dropped fluorescent powder on their rally, visible under UV light. To tag protesters, presumably. That's some next level dystopian stuff. #AntiELAB https://t.co/TcWvycTI4ISource: https://twitter.com/aletweetsnews/status/1168493132935258112?s=17
Abdulaziz's phone was hacked using #Pegasus, a notorious piece of spyware developed by #NSO Group, a cyberwarfare company based in Herzliya, #Israel. Pegasus is among some of the most sophisticated spyware available on the market and can infiltrate both #iOS and #Android devices. It also allows an operator to read text messages, including those that are end-to-end encrypted; examine photos; and track a phone’s location. The #technology can also silently enable microphones and cameras, turning the phone into a portable surveillance #tool to overhear and observe conversations happening in the phone’s vicinity....
States, technology manufacturers, private equity firms and other participants in the targeted surveillance industry now enjoy unconstrained #freedom to profit. Meanwhile, there are significant consequences. As targeted surveillance technology becomes a mainstay of #intelligence gathering and law enforcement among states lacking safeguards against abuse, our ability to express ourselves at liberty, in #privacy and without the looming threat of repercussions will be dramatically threatened.#bigbrother #economy #politics #capitalism #crime #cyberwarfare #news #law #humanRights #ethics #moral #policestate #deepstate #backdoor #software
“To protect our users, Firefox, together with Chrome, will #block the use of the Kazakhstan root CA certificate. This means that it will not be trusted by Firefox even if the user has installed it,” Mozilla wrote on its corporate blog.#security #privacy #browser #internet #web #https #news #surveillance #politics #freedom #humanRights #technology
Since today all #Internet providers in Kazakhstan started MITM on all encrypted HTTPS traffic.#Firefox #Mozilla #surveillance #monitoring #security #privacy #freedom #politics #humanRights #web #backdoor #Government #news #fail
They asked end-users to install government-issued #certificate #authority on all devices in every #browser: http://qca.kz/
“Twitter has a #responsibility to stomp out all voices of hate on its platform,” Brandi Collins-Dexter, senior campaign director at activist group Color Of Change told Motherboard in a statement. “Instead, the company is giving a free ride to #conservative politicians whose dangerous #rhetoric enables the growth of the white #supremacist movement into the #mainstream and the rise of hate, online and off.”#hate #terror #nazis #news #internet #cebsorship #humanRights #politics #communication #conspiracy #freedom #Republicans #usa #crime #ethics #moral #justice #security #problem
Das, was Politiker.innen mit Sicherheit meinen, macht uns gar nicht sicherer. Warum, erklären wir hier: https://digitalcourage.de/sicherheitstheater/gleichsetzung-von-sicherheit-und-ueberwachung-ist-gefaehrlich