Snowden’s Christmas Message, Privacy Matters

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, released a video message on Christmas Day addressing the issue of privacy, reports CNet.

“A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They’ll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves — an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought,” stated Snowden in his message. “And that’s a problem because privacy matters. Privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.”

His message was reference to the book “1984” in which he noted that the book’s devices that watched people “are nothing compared to what we have available today. We have sensors in our pockets that track us everywhere we go.”

“The conversation occurring today will determine the amount of trust we can place both in the technology that surrounds us and the government that regulates it. Together, we can find a better balance,” he said. “End mass surveillance. And remind the government that if it really wants to know how we feel, asking is always cheaper than spying.”

UK’s channel 4 released the almost 2 minute video message, which can be found here. 

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