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Also had a lovely catch-up with +Marion Hayoun (Lead for GDG / Paris Android User Group). We first met in Berlin at #WomenTechMakers European Leads Summit #wtm
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Matt Novik really tears into Edward Snowden, exaggerating unfairly a bit, especially in his rude tone, but raising good points. My own complaint is that while Snowden did a service by forcing us to converse more vigorously about surveillance, he has since contributed very little to solutions. Sure, he’s joined thousands of other paladins-for-freedom by pointing at various Orwellian traces and signs, yelling “Lo! Big Brother looms!” But then, his prescriptions tend to be the same, lame-armwaved appeals for technological miracles and hiding from elites.

http://gizmodo.com/edward-snowden-is-a-fucking-idiot-1789039598

Look, I send money to the EFF and ACLU and I love that they are out there, yelling! But it’s also frustrating, because not one of these heroes ever explains how hiding from authorities or elites is even remotely possible, over the long run. There are no examples from the history of our species when the blinding of all elites was accomplished by average people. None.

What Snowden and his fellow paladins offer, when challenged, is vague assurances that encryption will take care of it. Ooh, a magic word! As if each decade’s ciphers aren’t child’s play to the next decade’s crackers. As if supposedly secure systems don’t topple every day. As if the average Joe or Jane can sleep well, knowing for a fact that others don’t know something – an epistemologically crazy and unverifiable notion.

Alas, not one of these brave dreamers has apparently read the history of cat-and-mouse oppression by secret police. There are standard Gestapo tactics, going back to Hammurabi, and only three or four, out of a dozen categories, would be even slightly inconvenienced by crypto stuff.

You know where this is going. There is only one method that will work, that can work. That has worked, and it is not hiding from elites. It is not depending on an epistemologically impossible reassurance that others do not know something. No, it depends on us knowing, maximally, and supervising all elites. Because if we cannot verify what they know, at least we can wacth and know what they do.

Plug: The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Privacy and Freedom?
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The psychology of this is interesting. The people most likely to be upset by this are also the kind of people most likely to vigorously complain and fight the change. But the people who are likely to stand as requested are unlikely to come forward to say it worked out better for them.
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A concept for a magazine-styled dashboard app, just for fun.
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It's been a fun couple of days at the #BABBQ15, and you can catch all the videos right here: https://goo.gl/I4j7OK
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