It's been a year since Edward Snowden revealed the the documents that uncovered the NSA programs to spy on Americans, and the tech companies who are complicit in that surveillance. Efforts to reign in the government have stalled, Snowden is exiled in Russia, and the NSA continues to spy on Americans. Has anything really changed?
This collection of links looks at the Snowden saga from the perspective of a year after the revelations. It comes from Bookforum's Omnivore blog.
- Evan Selinger (RIT) and Woodrow Hartzog (Samford): Obscurity and Privacy.
- From Boston Review, a forum on saving privacy, including an opening essay by Reed Hundt on how framing surveillance as a tradeoff between privacy and security is a dead end for democracy.
- Neil M. Richards on how privacy is not dead — it's inevitable.
- The empire strikes back: Andrew O’Hehir on how Brandeis foreshadowed Snowden and Greenwald.
- What are the boundaries of “legitimate” espionage? Robert Farley on how using espionage for gain in negotiations is an age-old tactic.
- Cindy Cohn and Nadia Kayyali on the top 5 claims that defenders of the NSA have to stop making to remain credible.
- Al Gore on Edward Snowden: “What he revealed in the course of violating important laws included violations of the Constitution that were way more serious than the crimes he committed”.
- One year after Snowden, surveillance reform has stalled.
- Trevor Timm on four ways Edward Snowden changed the world — and why the fight's not over.
- Did Russia identify Snowden as a defector six years before leaks?
- In New York, a team of activists and lawyers is working for Edward Snowden — and on the 19th floor of their office he is always there in the form of a robot with a camera “eye” which Snowden controls remotely from Moscow.
- Meet Micah Lee, the man hired to make sure the Snowden docs aren't hacked.
- New York Times editor: Losing Snowden scoop was “really painful”.
- Aaron Sankin on on the media genius of Edward Snowden.
- Michael Albert interviews Glenn Greenwald on adversarial journalism in a corporate world.
- Casting call: Who should play Snowden and Greenwald?