The U.S. intelligence community claims it's not spying on citizens until
someone actually looks at the data it collects. That argument is deeply flawed.
"Panopticon-like surveillance—intermittent, but always possible—changes human
behavior. It makes us more compliant, less individual. It reduces liberty and
freedom. Philosopher Michael P. Lynch recently wrote about how it dehumanizes
us: “when we lose the very capacity to have privileged access to our
psychological information—the capacity for self-knowledge, so to speak, we
literally lose our selves .... To the extent we risk the loss of privacy we
risk, in a very real sense, the loss of our very status as subjective,
Another great article from the eminent Bruce Schneier.
Via Kee Hinckley.
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