“It is through this sort of unholy connection of technology and sort of an unusual interpretation of contract law that these institutions have been able to transform this greatest virtue of humanity—which is this desire to interact and to connect and to cooperate and to share—to transform all of that into a weakness.
“And now these institutions, which are both commercial and governmental, have built upon that and… have structuralized that and entrenched it to where it has become now the most effective means of social control in the history of our species.
“Maybe you’ve heard about it: This is mass surveillance.” — Edward Snowden
Dalhousie University on May 31, 2019
With international digital security scandals in the headlines, now more than ever people are asking, “As global citizens, what are our rights and responsibilities when it comes to privacy?”
This drove the conversation with former American intelligence officer and fugitive Edward Snowden at Dal (via livestream from Moscow, Russia). Professor Frank Harvey, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at Dalhousie University, agrees. Dr. Harvey was moderator for the Snowden discussion, accompanied by Mr. Snowden’s legal counsel, Robert Tibbo.
[Snowden begins at 25:00 minutes into the video.]
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