The Big Think

August 13, 2013

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Filed under: Politics,Technology — jasony @ 7:01 pm

Zimmermann’s Law: PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder Phil Zimmermann on the surveillance society:

“In general, all great nations need to have great intelligence apparatus to inform its leadership of what’s going on in the world. But when these tools are focused on domestic population, it is bad for democratic institutions. If China was to intercept our phone calls, I wouldn’t like that but I wouldn’t worry that Chinese authorities would bang on my door and haul me to prison because I don’t live in China. So when a government turns its powerful surveillance tools on its people, it has impact on the political opposition within the country. The power of incumbency becomes greater and opportunities for the democratic process become less and are undermined.”

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