allan siegel on Thu, 8 Jan 2015 20:32:39 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime> Controlling the future

Elmar Altvater
Controlling the future
Edward Snowdon and the new era on Earth

In June 2013, Edward Snowden began to uncover the machinations of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), prompting a worldwide debate about the alarming power of the secret services. Snowden laid bare the extent to which the quintet of secret services ??? the "Five Eyes" from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand ??? had spied on citizens around the world, and the planetary system in place for stealing, storing and using data for their own purposes ??? thus violating everyone's privacy, which Article 12 of the United Nations Charter on Human Rights protects. As a result, freedom of expression, the basis for political participation as well as of resistance against power, was fundamentally threatened and with it, democracy as such.  (for complete article)

And additional articles on the politics of privacy, etc???.

best for 2015

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