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Surveillance is the business model of the Internet. We build systems that spy on people in exchange for services. Corporations call it marketing.

Bruce Schneier, security technologist, in a presentation at the SOURCE Boston conference.

Via Security Week:

The data economy—the growth of mass data collection and tracking—is changing how power is perceived, Schneier said in his keynote speech. The Internet and technology has changed the impact a group can have on others, where dissidents can use the Internet to amplify their voices and extend their reach. Governments already have a lot of power to begin with, so when they take advantage of technology, their power is magnified, he said.

“That’s how you get weird situations where Syrian dissidents use Facebook to organize, and the government uses Facebook to arrest its citizens,” Schneier said.

Over the past few years, it’s become easier and cheaper to store data and search for the necessary item rather than to sort and delete. Email is a very good example of this shift in behavior. This change, spurred by the popularity of mobile devices and the push to move more data and services to the cloud has also made it easier to track user behavior. When corporations track users for marketing purposes, it seems benign, but the same actions come across as sinister when it’s the government…

…The government didn’t tell anyone they have to carry around a tracking device, but people now carry mobile devices. The government doesn’t require users to notify any agency about their relationships. Users will tell Facebook soon enough, Schneier noted. “Fundamentally, we have reached the golden age of surveillance because we are all being surveilled ubiquitously.”

(via futurejournalismproject)

Why Condoleezza Rice should not hold power at Dropbox

She helped start the Iraq War

Many people mistakenly believe that Condoleezza Rice simply served as the Secretary of State and didn’t have a role in the decision to go to war with Iraq. In fact, Condoleezza Rice was President Bush’s National Security Advisor during the lead-up to the Iraq War, and was intimately involved in the decision to go to war with Iraq and spoke publicly in support of it. She was an integral part of the Bush administration’s campaign of lies surrounding the war, working to further public support of the war by lying about Iraq’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction. In January of 2003, Rice published an editorial in the New York Times entitled ”Why We Know Iraq Is Lying”.

Wyden Calls Former CIA Director’s Attack on Senator Feinstein “Outrageous” | Senator Ron Wyden

Via Wikileaks:

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Exclusive Interview: Zygmunt Bauman

CPFL Energia and the Boundaries of Thought have the honor to present an exclusive video testimony of the Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, recorded in his home city of Leeds, England, on July 23, 2011, by CPFL and Borders team.

zerosara:

"Kim Gordon said something really cool in an interview once; she said that people go to rock shows to see people believe in themselves for an hour and a half, and I think that’s really true. I mean, because everybody has doubts about themselves or about what they do, but the point of being on stage is to kind of give people something to believe in, and you have to believe in it, even if it’s just for an hour and a half.”

— Annie Clark
Photographed by Marta Salicrú

zerosara:

"Kim Gordon said something really cool in an interview once; she said that people go to rock shows to see people believe in themselves for an hour and a half, and I think that’s really true. I mean, because everybody has doubts about themselves or about what they do, but the point of being on stage is to kind of give people something to believe in, and you have to believe in it, even if it’s just for an hour and a half.”

Annie Clark
Photographed by Marta Salicrú