An International Discussion: Mass Surveillance (A6)

I think his efforts to publicize his findings are incredible. Due to this issue’s high level of security, it’s going to take efforts of several different individuals, not simply one. He is directing his attention to the fact that this is an international issue regarding mass surveillance that we need to address, rather than focusing on the consequences and implications of his efforts. It directly affects him and everyone present in the digital sphere – and most importantly, is a pressing issue. Like others have mentioned, this is not the first story to bring up the issue of the public’s privacy and surveillance, so in a way these stories have worked to inspire Snowden’s efforts to take it further and contribute to the issue. He sees the risk, but he’s sees the benefit – which is 10x greater.

It seems as though Snowden is very aware of the implications of his actions, which explains his emotions of fear and uncertainty. Privacy is a very intimate thing – a threat to democracy – and the fact that every person is under this government spotlight, is far from comforting. “Every border you cross, every purchase you make, every call you dial, every friend you keep, every site you visit, and every subject line you type, is in the hands of a system whose reach is unlimited, but whose safeguards are not,” states the security agent from the Citizen Four trailer. This quote struck me due to it’s visualizing power. After reading this, individuals are able to picture themselves in each of these cases and realize that they were under a surveillance the whole time. Snowden’s efforts, along with many, help to raise this issue to a level so that others can join in on the discussion working towards making a change.

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