|John Young on Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:03:53 +0100 (CET)|
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|Re: <nettime> aclu: IoT|
ACLU is not what it once was. The national office is now almost exclusively mercenary, corporatized as a fund-raising foundation, high-salaried leaders deployed to hustle concentrated wealth holders. Genuine public interest board members departed some time ago. The branches remain reputable but subject to funds being yanked if too obstreperous. The national org is a part of the pattern to deeply fund a few NGOs to dominate "public interest" issues in a way which affirms global markets in distressed territories. All the giant foundations are doing this, have been doing this, will be doing this, in concert with the corporations gushing funds into well to do NGOs, safely within comfortable ideologies of WMD supremacy. Non-profit journalism is the darling at the moment, ProPublica, First Look, The Marshall Project, Knight, Pew, PBD, NPR. Snowden Inc. is a pointed reminder of how a hot topic like American civil liberties violating NSA can be monetized instantly by use of the Internet so long as it does not actually interfere with global national security arrangements, assure by sustained consultation by journalists with governments about what to release. ACLU has accomplished its mission to be the go to org for not challenging USG authority, and is providing legal services to Snowden, Inc. as well as running a fancy ad campaign to lure donors. IoT is among a panoply of initiatives overflowing the coffers. At 10:58 PM 3/25/2014, you wrote:
http://tinyurl.com/l5vcnp7 and http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175822/Finally somebody makes a public argument against the breathless Red Herring Utopian hype around IoT and its purported deep and beneficent innocence.
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