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The problem of surveillance in a democratic society
What has been a constant theme through the debate is that there is a technological solution (encryption) to what is perceived as a technological problem (surveillance). The problem, at its source, is not technological it is political. Why we … Continue reading
Posted in Government, transparency Tagged Democracy, Edward Snowden, facebook, National Security Agency, State (polity), Surveillance, technology, United States 4 Comments
Worrying about the Public-Private Surveillance Partnership: A response
The following is a response to Bruce Schneier’s article The Public-Private Surveillance Partnership. In the article, he argues that the primary business model of the internet is mass surveillance. A public-private partnership makes it happen and to defend it. I … Continue reading
Write a letter if you want to defeat the NSA surveillance state
In reading the title, you may be expecting me to suggest that you write a letter to your government representative to protest the NSA’s surveillance. Instead, I want to suggest something radical: write a letter and not use email. If you want … Continue reading
In defence of PRISM: why we need governments in cyberspace.
With the latest revelations about the United States of America’s government’s access to various internet services companies, people have been outraged. They seem genuinely surprised that such action is occurring. What they fail to realize are two important things. … Continue reading
Posted in FOIA, privacy, transparency, Uncategorized Tagged Apple, facebook, Google, Government Communications Headquarters, Law, magna carta, National Security Agency, Politics, Rupert Murdoch, United States Comments Off on In defence of PRISM: why we need governments in cyberspace.
Hyperlinks, Leo Strauss and the return of esoteric writing
I have been thinking recently about the phrase “Hyperlinks subvert hierarchies.” I argued in an earlier blog that this was not the case. I suggested that hyperlinks reflect hierarchies and those hierarchies are networks. In that approach, I only considered … Continue reading