Evgeny Morozov in an otherwise interesting piece in the Financial Times is surely incorrect in his bald statement that “Snowden now faces a growing wave of surveillance fatigue among the public”. The emotion isn’t “surveillance fatigue” but rather shell shock at the revelations as they keep coming, in wave after uncomfortable wave. The first reaction of course was shock (and awe), the second was a feeling of anger and rising resistance. But as the revelations have kept coming, each one more disturbing than the last; but now shifting from pointing to quantity of surveillance (everything, everyone, everywhere, forever), to quality (from metadata to communications content to networking to instantaneous full-spectrum profiling); the emotion is now–what on earth can we do–this is impossible, democracy or even any form of popular sovereignty is at immediate risk, but what on earth can we do?
What we’re seeing in Der Spiegel, The Guardian, Washington Post and
other select publications is the birth of new threat models – not just
for activists but for all of civil society, parliamentarians, companies
and more. This is a threat model that “many have known” and yet at the
same time, there is clearly new stuff. For one – we’re seeing
confirmations of things that have been denied in public – we’re also
learning the names of things, which now made public, may be FOIA’ed by
name as well as pushing for disclosures. This is where we’ll see if
America will shine – when the information comes out, will we be able to
use our democratic process to turn this disaster around? I’d like to
think so – that is why I worked on these pieces – hope is not lost.
Though hope alone is not a strategy.
I think this may be of interest to people on the list:
For non-German speakers I suggest the following English links:
My interview with Snowden is available as a leaked pdf on cryptome in
The English original will be released this week.
Last week’s article is also very important:
This is also probably of great interest to people on the list:
Welcome to the Grim Meathook Future, Citizens! Lets turn this ship around!
All the best,