Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters

Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters

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Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see — and write about — the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States’ extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you’re “not doing anything you need to hide.”

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  1. Thank you Glenn!! For those who don´t know, this great journalist is responsible for a series of reports which was ultimately responsible for the release of a political prisioner, ex-president Lula, from jail in Brazil. His resilience and courage for what he went through with his work (threat of much violence) is worth many, many prizes.
    Thank you so much for what you´ve done in my country, we all love you… And as a journalist myself, you´re my greatest inspiration.

  2. I’m an exec at a tech company. Here’s my privacy tips. Have at least 2 bank accounts at different banks. 1 use for everything online. 2nd for physical purchases & mortgage or important big payments. Ideally that would be your 3rd account. Have a separate sim/phone for all your social media & internet accounts. Private phone for work & family/close friends, no free/social apps allowed on this phone. Emails only via computer. Every device must have a VPN service. No Alexa, no Siri. Ever. No cloud, only backup to private server. Smart home must be backed to private server not company, possibility to override to physical access. Share private matters in person, phones away, airplane mode on. Don’t sleep with phone near your pillow, the signals are strong enough to cause health risks.

  3. I was happy like most of you here to have found such a video.

    Up till the QnA.

    It is sad that we have to rely on a case like Edward Snowden as a major case in privacy and freedom.

    Where is the right to privacy of the powers of America then? Where is the right to freedom for them?

    Imagine if the Snowdens of this world worked just as hard to expose the regimes of China, Islamic nations, Russia, N.Korea, etc etc.

    Imagine if they pooled their skills and abilities together to expose all these.

    Instead, they do against the very powers that balance against the Chinas and Russias of global society.

    And now the ordinary folk like me who care about privacy and freedom have to look bad by being represented by the Snowdens of this world.

    If the Snowdens of this world (including the speaker here who considers himself fighting the good fight of journalism) want to do good by society, why not start by wrecking havoc first in other countries?

    For all the sins of the govs of America…. at the end of the day, chinese and russians flock to America. Why?

    Latinos, Indians, asians, muslims all flock to America.


    All I ask for is my individual freedom and privacy. If the covert, highest-level intelligence of my country needs to invade my privacy for the sake of terrorism or just crime….


    Do you think I care?

    Do you think I support the Snowdens of this world? Who compromise the reputation, the security of my good country?

    Imagine if the hackers and Snowdens of this world were to wreck havoc first on China, for example.

    Just imagine that. How nice, right?

  4. I agree with everything you say except your comment about God. You can't lump God into the same category as human beings. God doesn't 'monitor' us. His motive isn't control. You can't sum up God's relationship with the world and every human in one sentence.

  5. Give me all the humans that do research on humans. I will tell you why they do that, it's not research. Its "pathological criminal behaviour" in their DNA. They are not socially allowable criminals in society. Basic. Condemnable criminals. Inhumane criminals. Individualise to see their DNA… Pathologically flawed

  6. Watching 8 years hence, his closing statements about corruption and selling vs. disclosing state secrets were disturbingly prophetic.
    The privacy activists appear to have had very good instincts about what public officials were doing 'behind closed doors' in their own presumed privacy and privilege.
    And some of the most prominent of them were smeared and discredited by either socially publicized allegations of personal misconduct, or of charges of acting against their own governments.