Saturday, April 22, 2017

S is for Snowden--Big Brother is Real

Image: Laura Poitras / Praxis Films [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Edward Joseph Snowden, former CIA and NSA computer analyst, leaked classified information from the National Security Agency in 2013, revealing global surveillance programs watching cell phone records and cell phone location, keyscore analysis of things people did on the internet including their email, Google, and Yahoo. Gamers using Second LifeXbox Live and World of Warcraft were monitored as they "attempted to recruit would-be informants from the sites". "The NSA was shown to be tracking the online sexual activity of people they termed "radicalizers" in order to discredit them." They even spied on their own "love interests", businesses like major oil companies, and charities like UNICEF. There was a special budget to pay U.S. technical companies for secret access to their communication networks. And that's just scratching the surface.

After releasing thousands of documents to three journalists in Hong Kong, Snowden went into hiding, eventually ending up in Russia where he was granted asylum through 2020. (Wikipedia)

Do you think about surveillance when you surf the web or while talking on your phone? Do you cover up your electronic devices's camera in case someone's watching? If you haven't seen the film, Snowden, I highly recommend it (once you adjust to Joseph Gordon-Levitt assuming a deep accent, that is.)


  1. No, not really. If I thought I was being spied on I wouldn't ever go on line! I was far more worried when our wonderful government decided to have this year's census on line - the system crashed, of course, but still - and then told us they were going to hang on to our records till the next census, even though they didn't need them for the purposes of the census.

  2. I sometimes think whether at all I should cover up the camera of my laptop like FB's Zuckerberg. There are somethings we need to take care in this digital world.
    Lot of information & thieves here :)
    Have a great weekend!
    'Simplicity' #AtoZChallenge

  3. I keep my cameras covered and, with our government willing to let our internet providers sell our data, have gone to using a VPN. Am I paranoid? Maybe. But this was the recommendation of my computer tech guy at work.

  4. I knew about Snowden, but hadn't followed all of the details in the news. This was quite informative. Thanks.

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  7. Yes, I have tape over the camera on my laptop. I thought I was crazy, and then I saw my brother had done the same thing...

    I assume everything I do online is monitored. Sad state of affairs, but there you are.

  8. I'm not too worried about my online activity. But monitoring my camera could be a scary experience. I mean, I scowl, don't brush my hair, get up in the middle of the night and check my email when I can't sleep. That could be some rough video warning young people about something I am sure.
    Meanwhile, who are people kidding? Google has a record of everything since they started. You know there are records. More importantly, is there anyone on the other end monitoring everything to actually help anyone? I doubt it.


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