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Grant Potter

"#encryption is a benefit of enforcing rights to which you're already entitled"

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https://theintercept.com/2016/03/10/high-school-students-debate-surveillance-in-post-snowden-america/

It's important because people have to have the chance to talk about what they care about, what the domain of their rights should be; where the boundaries should be drawn and to draw them themselves. Our rights are inherent to us, as a people, as a society. They're inherent to our nature, not granted by governments, merely guaranteed by governments. When you talk about encryption, they're missing the point. It's not really about encryption, encryption is a means to an end. Encryption is a benefit of enforcing rights to which you're already entitled. The real question here is - Do you have a right to have a conversation only with yourself? Do you have a space to develop your own ideas before you're comfortable sharing them with the world? Do you have the right to enjoy the fruits of your own intellect in the privacy of your home, your community, and your associates, without it having been intercepted, analyzed, and fundamentally, in a basic sense, prejudged by others who are not entitled to it?

Grant Potter

Technology should be used to create social mobility – not to spy on citizens

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There’s an implied max/min problem here: the intersection of a curve representing the amount of wealth you need to spend on guards to maintain stability in the presence of a widening rich/poor gap and the amount you can save on guards by creating social mobility through education, health, and social welfare is the point at which you should stop paying for cops and start paying for hospitals and schools. 

This implies that productivity gains in guard labour will make wider wealth gaps sustainable. When coercion gets cheaper, the point at which it makes “economic sense” to allow social mobility moves further along the curve. The evidence for this is in the thing mass surveillance does best, which is not catching terrorists, but disrupting legitimate political opposition, from Occupy to the RCMP’s classification of “anti-petroleum” activists as a threat to national security.


http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/10/nsa-gchq-technology-create-social-mobility-spy-on-citizens