by Brian Knappenberger
from NYTimes Website
But as a filmmaker who has made a number of
documentaries about technology and online activism, I can’t say that
Snowden’s revelations came as a surprise. Some concerned citizens have long
understood that powerful digital technologies can be abused to carve away at
This short film addresses the most common arguments I’ve heard from people who are not concerned about online surveillance, such as:
The Internet has placed all of us firmly in a new and insecure world.
Simultaneously, a perpetual “war on terror” has infused within that world a culture of fear and anxiety, along with surveillance policies that will have long-lasting implications.
Now is the
moment for a course correction, where civil liberties are written not just
into our laws but also into our computer code.
That is to say, it is no longer his story. It is