Edward Snowden: Here’s How We Take Back The Internet

Edward Snowden

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TED on Mar 18, 2014

Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. “Your rights matter,” he say, “because you never know when you’re going to need them.” Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee.


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14 thoughts on “Edward Snowden: Here’s How We Take Back The Internet

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    • I concur 100% Jerry. There are so many different levels of engagement however, so we must be vigilant. I am quite amazed frankly, for TED to do this. Whatever the agenda, it cannot be undone, and that is what is so significant about the WWW.

      It is tempting to suggest that we are emerging from post WW2 traumatic “overkill” (literally) into the open opportunity era of the WWW; and that seems to me, somewhat counter-intuitively, to be increasingly more ecocentric or biocentric.

      I think the reason for this, is that the nature of the communication field that is generated, conforms to and replicates the vital dynamics of organismic systems, and is therefore spontaneous, energetic, symbiotic and co-creative rather than just mechanical, deterministic, reductionist or merely gadget driven…

      • David,
        Yes, especially the co-creative aspect you mention. More and more people around the Earth, because of their communications with persons in nations and regions everywhere, are developing a stronger sense of wanting cooperation and peace between all of those newfound friends, while feeling it is a good thing for people to be thinking about and sharing ideas on how to create such a possible world.

  11. This really is brilliant. There is no substitute for ethical action and unambiguous straight talk.

    We must never cede our right to self-determination, to free speech, and to institutional integrity.

    The fog of disinformation and psychological deception cannot cloak illegitimacy forever.

    Every day is a new dawn, every where.

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