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  •  Much to think about here, thanks. (2+ / 0-)
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    cskendrick, DrTerwilliker

    I'm going to have to re-read this.  Much is profound.

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 05:57:09 AM PDT

    •  I've thought about this for many years (3+ / 0-)
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      DRo, pat bunny, CroneWit

      We can't make the monitoring go away but we can demand compensation for what is currently stolen from us: Our privacy and often our dignity.

      It actually is possible for the government that supposedly represents us to actually represent our interests in this respect. I think expanding the conversation to include the value that's literally robbed from the lives being mind will shine a spotlight on why total surveillance is such a runaway train: Because it can be. Because there's some serious coin being made letting it run away.

      •  I agree. (2+ / 0-)
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        cskendrick, CroneWit

        I just wrote in anther post,

        Sorry (0+ / 0-)
        but I have to disclose a lort of information in order to have a phone, a computer, insurance, food on the table, a place to live, etc. ,and I don't think that is a choice.  I resent that my data is then in hands that can do with it what thay want for profit to parties I have no connection to.

        I have long been concerned about databanks in a free society and have been riddiculed for my concern (I was a mainframe IT person back when IBM owned the world). What I can't get my head around is what we can realistically do about it.  Any ideas?

        Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

        by DRo on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 06:10:05 AM PDT

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        •  Watch the watchers, to a degree (3+ / 0-)
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          DRo, pat bunny, CroneWit

          The disparity in accountability between rulers and ruled cannot be made to go away, not in any technological milieu.

          However, the same tools that make us vulnerable to surveillance can be modified to go both ways.

          At the moment, whistleblowers are treated as worse threats than terrorists and mass shooters.

          This is not a reflection that whistleblowers are the threat but the threat that they are perceived and treated as such... and increasingly so by the very people they seek to benefit at great cost to their freedom, their livelihoods and occasionally their lives.

          At some point, there will no longer be any whistleblowers if that continues.

          And this is less of a boon to those who like things orderly and in their control than they might think.

          Because the absence of aired grievances doesn't mean they go away. Oh, no. Not at all.

          When grievances go dark is when the real troubles start.

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