Joanne Knight

September 5, 2013

Surveillance and Leakage

Filed under: Uncategorized — joanneknight @ 5:24 pm
I have followed the activities of Julian Assange for some years with interest and, at times, with bemusement. However when the media spotlight swung onto Edward Snowden, the significance of these individuals and their fight against the electronic panopticon became clearer.
In the panopticon, each human is rendered visible due to the central locus of surveillance. Safety for the majority of individuals in the electronic panopticon involves remaining an anonymous piece of data in the electronic stream. Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden have turned the light upon the authorities in their acts of interfering with other governments and collecting private data. But the vast, detailed, and ongoing scrutiny of individual information conducted by corporations as part of their daily activities continues with impunity. The activities of these activists present an opportunity for disruption to this massive system of surveillance and social control.
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