I suspect that U.S.-based technology vendors selling outside of the U.S. will face extra scrutiny in the aftermath of these revelations," PrivateCore’s Weis said. The NSA’s partnership with high-tech companies to undermine encryption "will have huge economic ramifications, as worldwide consumer and business trust in U.S. products decline," Dan Auerbach, a staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told TechNewsWorld. That could hit the U.S. economy hard — U.S. Department of Commerce statistics show that the U.S. exported nearly US$204 billion worth of computer and electronics products in 2012, while importing more than $355 billion worth of those products, to chalk up a deficit of more than $151 billion. That deficit could balloon astronomically if U.S. sales of hardware, software and other electronics should fall because of these latest revelations about the NSA.
Edward Snowden summarized it this way: “They are legally compelled to comply and maintain their silence in regard to specifics of the program, but that does not comply them from ethical obligation. If for example Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple refused to provide this cooperation with the Intelligence Community, what do you think the government would do? Shut them down?
Technology changes slowly, but political intentions can change very quickly. In 2000, I wrote in my book Secrets and Lies about police surveillance technologies: “Once the technology is in place, there will always be the temptation to use it. And it is poor civic hygiene to install technologies that could someday facilitate a police state.” Today we’re installing technologies of ubiquitous surveillance, and the temptation to use them will be overwhelming
If we grow accustomed to a world of constant surveillance, then we become constant actors. All the world really is a stage, and we’re free to perform whenever we like for whoever happens to be watching and filming
Gerd adds: this is EXACTLY what I don’t want to become: a constant actor:)
16.20 - 16.40: Keynote: the future of technology and advertising: big data, zero privacy? Gerd Leonhard, futurist, author, CEO of The Futures Agency
Meet me in London Oct 8 —- should be great fun::)
Snowden will reportedly make a statement after the meeting. It is not immediately clear what he will talk about, although in the invitation sent to the activists — the veracity of which has not been independently verified — Snowden said: “I invite the Human Rights organizations and other respected individuals addressed to join me … for a brief statement and discussion regarding the next steps forward in my situation.” The emailed invitation from email@example.com also states: “I have been extremely fortunate to enjoy and accept many offers of support and asylum from brave countries around the world. These nations have my gratitude, and I hope to travel to each of them to extend my personal thanks to their people and leaders.” In the Invitation Snowden claims that the U.S. government is trying to “deny my right to seek and enjoy this asylum under Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The scale of threatening behavior is without precedent.
Will be interesting to see what happens here.