the “Haussmannization of cyberspace”

Over at The New Inquiry, Michael MccCanne responds to the latest news about Edward Snowden, the NSA and PRISM in Total Information Awareness.

He concludes “Most of the debate around the NSA’s surveillance programs, when it hasn’t been about the moral character of whistle-blowers, usually centers around safeguarding domestic privacy rights while countering terrorism and securing Internet networks, but this misses the larger and more important point. This infrastructure is creating a technological imperium, hidden in the shadows of our digitalized world, regardless of who wields its power or what “democratic safeguards” are put into place…Intelligence gathering is never benign. It is part and parcel with war making“…


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