RT from EFF (@EFF)

In a quick look back over 30 years of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), its creator, Phil Zimmermann, says "the need for protecting our right to a private conversation has never been stronger. " We agree.

birdsite.xanny.family/Snowden/

"...young people are terrified to tweet. The assumption of good faith is dead. What matters is not goodness but the appearance of goodness. We are no longer human beings. We are now angels jostling to out-angel one another. God help us. It is obscene." chimamanda.com/

RT from Daniel Ellsberg (@DanielEllsberg)

50 years ago today, the New York Times published its first story about the Pentagon Papers, exposing the truth about the war in Vietnam. In this podcast from @GroundTruth & @UMassAmherst, I reveal what led me to blow the whistle on the war: umass.edu/ellsberg/whistleblow

"I wanted PGP to be used for human rights applications—to spread all over the world, especially to places where people needed protection from their own governments. But I couldn't say that out loud, because it would help the prosecutor prove intent." philzimmermann.com/EN/essays/P

RT from Trevor Timm (@trevortimm)

At today's meeting with the Justice Department, the @nytimes, @washingtonpost, and @CNN must push the Attorney General to drop the charges against Julian Assange—their press freedom rights are at stake. freedom.press/news/major-news-

RT from Chip Gibbons (@ChipGibbons89)

Excellent piece from @trevortimm putting Trump's surveillance of journalist into a broader context, stressing the need for legislative reform, and mentioning what many are reluctant to bring up--DOJ's prosecution of Assange.

theguardian.com/commentisfree/

One history of the Internet is the history of the individual's disempowerment, as governments and businesses both sought to monitor and profit from what had fundamentally been a user-to-user or peer-to-peer relationship. (Read the rest here: edwardsnowden.substack.com/p/l)

RT from Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi)

This is going to be a theme of conservative coverage of this phenomenon, but it’s not true. An expanded surveillance state will be used against all types of political dissidents, just as the digital censorship movement has hit right, left, and in between.

birdsite.xanny.family/LibertyS

RT from Subel Khaling Rai Bhandari (@svbel)

“…but millions — mostly in the world's poorer countries — have no such privilege. It's here that the analogy with speech freedoms comes into starkest relief: until the air is clear for all, it's clear for none.”
✊🏾💙⁦@Snowden on lifting the mask: edwardsnowden.substack.com/p/l

RT from Cullen (@CullenHoback)

Why Big Tech cannot resolve the societal problems they have fueled.

Extended read:

birdsite.xanny.family/Snowden/

RT from Fabio Chiusi (@fabiochiusi)

“One history of the Internet — and I'd argue a rather significant one — is the history of the individual's disempowerment, as governments and businesses both sought to monitor and profit from what had fundamentally been a user-to-user or peer-to-peer relationship”

birdsite.xanny.family/Snowden/

RT from ErgoMergoAdargo (@ergomergoadargo)

Outside of crypto, I care (greatly) for deep thought and good writing.
This is really very good, @Snowden. Looking forward to more.
edwardsnowden.substack.com/p/l

RT from Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald)

Anyway, welcome to Substack, Edward @Snowden. You can read what will assuredly be his thoughtful analysis, defense of free speech & other civil liberties, and his righteous principled stances at his Substack, playfully named "Continuing Ed":

edwardsnowden.substack.com/p/l

RT from 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐅𝐥𝐚𝐰 ⏳🦺 🟩 (@TheDesignFlaw)

I love the email subject on the verification of subscription:
"congratulations, this will go on your permanent record"

Ed has a sense of humor. I hope we get to see it more now.

(Thread:) This is the reality of the fully commercialized mainstream internet: an indigestible mass of shortest-form opinions, purposefully selected by algorithms to agitate us on platforms that are designed to record and memorialize our most agitated, reflexive responses.

birdsite.xanny.family/Snowden/

These responses are, in turn, elevated in proportion to their controversy to the attention — and prejudice — of the crowd. In the resulting zero-sum blood sport that public reputation requires, combatants are incentivized to occupy the most conventionally defensible positions...

...which reduces all politics to ideology and splinters the polis into squabbling tribes. The products of the irreconcilable differences this process produces are nothing more than well-divided "audiences," made available to the influence of advertisers...

These responses are, in turn, elevated in proportion to their controversy to the attention — and prejudice — of the crowd. In the resulting zero-sum blood sport that public reputation requires, combatants are incentivized to occupy the most conventionally defensible positions...

...and all that it cost us was the very foundation of civil society: tolerance.

You can read the rest here:
edwardsnowden.substack.com/p/l

...and all that it cost us was the very foundation of civil society: tolerance.

You can read the rest here:
edwardsnowden.substack.com/p/l

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