3 Reasons Why You Should Know Edward Snowden

Michael From our Perspective

With the advent of the Internet it is now easier than ever to become famous. YouTube stars are born nearly overnight. Some people are famous simply by association, others stay in the limelight for all of the wrong reasons like sex scandals and drugs. Essentially everyone is a good hashtag or Instagram account away from stardom. It is some wonder, then, why a man who changed the tone of the past decade, and ushered in discussion that we will be having for the next decade- if not much longer- is …

Lawsuit Shows NSA Whistle Blowers Persecution

Michael In the News

One of the biggest clauses the US government uses to detract from Edward Snowden’s actions is that he did not go through the proper channels. They claim (as in this TED talks with Richard Ledgett) that Snowden had several other avenues in order to lodge a complaint about the way the NSA was conducting business. Anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the US’s political and judicial system would have reason to doubt this. Sure enough, in a lawsuit filed in the last week of August, four whistle blowers from …

Netzpolitik and Free Press Under Fire Worldwide

Michael From our Perspective

Last year was a tough one for free press. It seems the ever growing surveillance capabilities of nations is aimed at squeezing the life out of press freedom. The ability to see over anyone’s shoulder stifles free speech in general. Surveillance measures are getting increasingly better at identifying the sources of information. Being able to do this not only allows the government to seek out whistle blowers after information has been released; but the fear of the insurmountable capabilities- especially those of the NSA and GCHQ- is a whistleblower deterrent …

Edward Snowden: The Modern Day Benedict Arnold?

Michael From our Perspective

In classic George Orwellian fashion, news bre via the Sunday Times (and echoed throughout journalism) just a few days ago about the one thing that the U.S. and U.K. governments had always feared: Russia and China got their hands on unreleased documents stolen by Edward Snowden. Nearly 2 years to the date that Snowden fled to China, then abandoned by America in Russia, and just weeks after a truly historic step forward for American citizens; MI6 sources claim that the Snowden files have been hacked by the west’s two largest adversaries. The sources …