Saturday, June 15, 2013
Should People Fear Private Sector Snooping More than Government’s?
By Anthony Wile[Feedback]17Anthony Wile
Over at The Atlantic, Zachary Karabell has discovered a double standard regarding corporate versus private “big data surveillance.”We’re approaching the issue all wrong, he writes. We should not accept that the issue is American freedom versus potential Big Brother government tyranny.
What is really evident is that “we’re willing to give private corporations data, but we refuse to offer government agencies the same courtesy. That contradiction highlights a muddled, overwrought and inconsistent attitude towards privacy and freedom.
“Karabell believes that somehow there is a double standard preventing the culture at large from coming to appropriate conclusions about privacy issues within the context of government versus corporate spying.
He believes that until this “schizophrenia” is resolved, there will be no closure regarding these issues and paranoia will reign.
The implication is that too much of a fuss is being made over government spying.None of this is new, by the way … or so we are informed. Privacy, we learn, has rarely existed in human history because humans lived in small communities in cramped living spaces. Today, he writes, times and mores have changed and people in the West expect more not less privacy in their lives.
But this attitude does not necessarily extend to corporate America …Read MoreSaturday, June 15, 2013
Now Naomi Wolf Has ‘Creeping Doubts’ About Edward Snowden
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My creeping concern that the NSA leaker is not who he purports to be … I hate to do this but I feel obligated to share, as the story unfolds, my creeping concern that the NSA leaker is not who he purports to be, and that the motivations involved in the story may be more complex than they appear to be.
This is in no way to detract from the great courage of Glenn Greenwald in reporting the story, and the gutsiness of the Guardian in showcasing this kind of reporting, which is a service to America that US media is not performing at all.
It is just to raise some cautions as the story unfolds, and to raise some questions about how it is unfolding, based on my experience with high-level political messaging. – Naomi Wolf
Dominant Social Theme: This courageous man shows us how top whistleblowers operate. He did everything right.Free-Market Analysis: Naomi Wolf has doubts, too.
A brilliant libertarian, she is seeing what we see regarding this affair.We’ve written about it already. You can see the article here: Is Snowden for Real? Doubts Set In Our doubts about Snowden have to do with the tremendous amount of publicity he’s getting and also with the inevitable fractures that have emerged in the “back story.”
via The Daily Bell.