Edward Snowden on How We Take Back the Internet | TED Talks

Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. “Your rights matter,” he say, “because you never know when you’re going to need them.” Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee.

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  • Ryan Riser
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    I'd kinda rather the NSA watch us than have a terrorist blow up the next plane I get on. What would the NSA see through my webcam? Me in my underwear? what would they see in my texts? Flirting with someone maybe on occasion? I don't care. Snowden did a little something called releasing military secrets into the open. I agree some stuff the government does is wrong. There will always be corruption. Then release that corruption. Don't compromise maximum security because you're a sad little man who wishes he had more influence than he does

  • shreddedreams
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    so fucked up the thing about secret courts etc.. and though the american government seems more likely to do stuff like this and shrug it off when their citizens criticise (which is ironic given Americans constitution doesn't allow it) * , the cause of this is simply :

    Brainwashed /dead americans voting for the same politicians each time.
    (in the uk for example, there is strong evidence that the younger generations have voted in a different fashion) , but unfortunately it just so happened that their political system was skewed to favour two party powers.. (which are the same partys).

    The american system has it's benefits, but it can not be utilised if people keep voting for actors like Obama, morons like Trump and retards like Bush (2/3 of those mentioned being billionaires)

    If you vote for a billionaire that's just stupid to begin with !

  • Qidi Rotch
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    You sir mr. Snow Den are traitor. You left the USA to the USA enemies Russians known violators of human rights and others. Did you do that for your protection??
    Why did you not go to Germany with your news ??? Traitor for many not only americans.

  • Dennis Kinch
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    doesn't it seem that, except for a few choice reports, there was no need to classify these documents as Top Secret? When I had my clearance EVERY document was important to security in some way and these came up for constant review by an independent agency. The American government needs to reconsider its stance on making every single paper or conversation or report classified. If they had been the ones to come forward it would still be the same blow back except America would look more free and democratic and a true American hero would, a man with a conscience, would be in the CIA and enjoying his freedom.

  • moisés Maia
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    The best lecture I attended on the Internet. How many people in the world would trade his own freedom in the name of freedom of all? This guy etched his name in history.

  • tamsinthai
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    Right now, the Thai junta are talking about implementing a single gateway, for exactly the same 'reasons' the US government has told it's citizens – security. It's About Control, people.

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