[TheGuardian] Privacy under attack: the NSA files revealed new threats to democracy
This article by the Guardian paper is from the "Snowden and the Future" talk series
delivered at Columbia Law School, which is available at snowdenandthefuture.info.
In this article, Eben Moglen, founder of the Software Freedom Law Center, Columbia law professor and historian who received the 2003 EFF pioneer award for his role in legalising software encryption and defending free software, considers the impact and implications, but also some ways to deal with the threat to privacy in our age. A very comprehensive article that considers many undervalued aspects of the threat to privacy.
"In the third chapter of his History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon gave two reasons why the slavery into which the Romans had tumbled under Augustus and his successors left them more wretched than any previous human slavery. In the first place, Gibbon said, the Romans had carried with them into slavery the culture of a free people [...]. The power of that Roman empire rested in its leaders' control of communications. The Mediterranean was their lake. [...]"