In this podcast, Tor project developer Jacob Appelbaum outlines why and how state surveillance activities compromised the internet.
“Any information that you transmit over any network at all, if you do not do it in a secure way, if it is tied to you, there is a good chance that at least the metadata will be intercepted and examined by machines,” Appelbaum (photo) says.
“If you are a person of interest, it is probably the case that the full content will also be looked at.
“That is very concerning to me, I do think people should be careful about this precisely because it is not just about international terrorism. It is about political hegemony. That is a very scary thing.
“The data collection of the NSA and GCHQ and other agencies – what they are doing right now – is larger than any data collection ever in the history of humanity.The reality is that this amount of information exists and it will be used against people.”
Appelbaum, who addressed yesterday’s Parliamentary Assembly hearing on electronic state surveillance adds: “We have a right to free speech. To do that, we need to be free from surveillance. To do that, we need to have the ability to do this anonymously.”
“We need to get rid of this false choice between security and privacy. In reality, what we are talking about is dignity and liberty.”