Google at your peril

Google at your peril

A few hundred whistleblowers, investigative journalists, hacktivists and encrypters from all over the world stepped from trams and tubes on to Berlin’s Alexanderplatz on an icy day in March, all heading for the city’s conference centre for a global convention titled: Challenge Power! Building alliances against state and corporate secrecy, surveillance and censorship.

The Logan CIJ Symposium 2016 was organised by the Centre for Investigative Journalism at City University in London, and Germany’s acclaimed weekly investigative magazine, Der Spiegel.

Noseweek editor Martin Welz was an invited speaker on a list that included WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and former NSA intelligence contractor Edward Snowden – both of whom spoke via Skype from their places of refuge – Assange from the Equadorian Embassy in London; Snowden from Moscow – since the US has flagged them as wanted men.

There was unanimous grave concern expressed about the ever-growing electronic mass surveillance, data-gathering and profiling of ordinary citizens around the world. Government secrecy, and the balance between national security and information privacy were key themes. Surveillance is no longer the little man spying through a long lens; it has become a highly efficient computerised exercise of gathering data from telephones, emails, social media and personal computers. This is used not only for the convenience of marketers but to label people for political and security targeting. Speakers raised the spectre of “predictive policing” and even arrest based on such labelling alone.

To listen to the Berlin panel in which Noseweek editor Martin Welz took part, click below:

To listen to the second Berlin conference panel discussion with David Mirza Ahmad, Alison Macrina and Julian Assange, click here: (Assange appears 11 minutes in, but all are interesting!)


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Submitted by : Greg Ash from UMHLANGA on 2017-12-07 08:56:34
It’s ironic that Sue Segar highlights the quote that there are two kinds of journalism: journalism and stenography in an article where she uncritically “stenographs” the conference speeches by a group of (clearly anti – American) dissidents. The sort of critique which seems obvious but escaped Ms Segar is that Julian Assange expresses horror at the US government having access to private communications yet he himself published hacked private communications between US ambassadors and their president. The irony of Gavin MacFadyen speaking positively of “courageous hackers” on the same platform as David Mirza Ahmad complaining about (government and other) hacking seems to have passed her by. Edward Snowden bemoaning that “We don’t have an open society. We don’t have a free society. We don’t have the liberal tradition that we ourselves inherited” – when he has sought refuge in one of the most repressive regimes in the modern world. Did he never wonder why Putin was so happy to help him ? Did it never cross his mind that that very fact indicated the harm he had done his own country – does he question and attack the secrecy of Russia (or is he afraid to do that)? Assange in particular sounds like Hugo Chavez with his hatred of “US imperial power”. This about a country which is incredibly restrained in its use of soft or hard power and permissive of individual freedom to the greatest extent of any country in history – where is his commentary on the actually repressive regimes in the world (Russia, China, North Korea and so forth) where access to the internet (including Google!) is curtailed and all communication is routinely monitored in a heavy handed way? Wikileaks have actually described Russia and Cuba as “democracies”!! Don’t drink the Kool - Aid.

Editor's Note
You miss one central point: those hacked by Assange, Wikileaks and Snowden are governments elected by and supposedly responsible to their citizens – and the hackers have invariably revealed how those governments have been abusing their power, inter alia by impinging on their citizens rights to privacy. - Ed.
Submitted by : Barry Midgley of DURBAN on 2016-05-03 14:38:28
Why are people surprised to see their privacy being invaded? Google was always CIA, but had you said that 10 or so years ago you were told you were mad or a “conspiracy theorist”. On the other hand who would have dreamt that Yahoo would have been overtaken by Google, so easily?
The truth is Google has no match for the service it provides and hence it attracts a huge following. It is quite amazing that a Government agency can get something right for a change – forget for a moment the dark side where they “hoover up” all communications and then use algorithm’s to search for “Terrorists”. Old jolly John Vorster would have had an orgasm if he had Google at his disposal. A Kommunis behind every email - ja boet!
The media in all shapes and forms has slowly been subverted and is now so controlled by the “Elite” that you are constantly brainwashed. Aaron Russo gives an interesting view of the Rockefeller’s where he is offered a KMA card (Kiss My Arse) if he will support the new world order and forget about the man in the street. The concern of the elite is they never saw the power of the world wide web (www) which inter alia has no central controlling node, no kill switch and [relative] freedom from indiscriminate censorship and surveillance. This is largely due to Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
That old “Blou Rokkie” Hilary Clinton has admitted that they (I wonder who she is referring to) are losing the media battle because of the internet – but it appears that the ‘septic tanks’ are going to have her as the next President. Why worry about spying when you can vote for a despot? I came, I saw, He’s dead Ha, Ha, Ha (referring to Gadaffi) – that was Hilary the Secretary of State and now likely to be President.
The London Cockneys were one of the first to encrypt their language to avoid the Old Bill. Imagine a Cockney using Battle Cruiser in an email – the CIA would have a heart attack! "Has the Graf Spee been resurrected? Have the slopes got a new weapon of mass destruction – it must be daesh!" In reality you are talking about your local boozer.
Instead of worrying about spying and invasion of your privacy why don’t we get rid of the CIA, MI6, NIA etc and save the tax payer a lot of money? After all the disaster like 9/11 was most likely the work of the CIA, Mossad and others. Kennedy was another and here on our little patch you have a Greek with no passport land in Mozambique, jump the border and end up as messenger in the RSA Parliament. He assassinates Verwoerd but is then unfit for trial – pull the other one, business is business!
Submitted by : Donn Edwards on 2016-04-29 14:44:37
Please could you post the link for the video footage? Also, is it possible to read Martin's speech somewhere?


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