15 thoughts on ““Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull. ”

  1. Privacy is indeed a contentious topic. But the sources you included provide context and from a variety different sources, you do this well throughout a lot of your posts. I also like the amount of tags you include, is this an attempt to improve readership? Well done! Also I like your cheeky end to the first paragraph, keep it up.

    • Hey Just Dow It. Thanks very much for your comment. I have found that tagging your posts adds just another element to gain a wider readership (particularly since my posts vary in topic). Cheers!

  2. The example you chose was perfect, I hadn’t yet thought of it so well done! My example hasn’t yet found the culprit but it was interesting to see an example that had found the offender. I knew about your example but I didn’t realise Bradley Manning has to serve 35 years in extreme solitary confinement for releasing the classified military documents to Wikileaks. I found an interesting article where Manning said, “I will gladly pay that price if it means we could have a country that is truly conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all women and men are created equal,” which made me understand why he did. He says a few more interesting things if you want to have a look http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/judge-to-sentence-bradley-manning-today/2013/08/20/85bee184-09d0-11e3-b87c-476db8ac34cd_story.html. Your use of links and video was very effective and it kept your post very engaging, well done.

  3. A brilliant mixture of mediums, sources, quotes and critical analysis makes this blog a great reference! As Ellena mentions, your post keeps the reader engaged by breaking information into digestible chunks, and videos are always a great way to link your topic with a discussion point.
    I’ve covered much of the same Snowden analysis in my own blog, but greatly appreciated your incorporation of the Gallagher source and very confronting Hayden quote. I thought you might be interested in the Wired article on Edward Snowden. [http://www.wired.com/2014/08/edward-snowden/]

    It is long, tiresome and not the easiest to read but even in small doses is a really good resource that discusses Snowden’s life, career, choices and the current internet landscape we are facing.
    Nicely done!

  4. This post is extremely informative and raises some prevalent surveillance concerns. The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) example you included showed the harsh reality of the power that the ASIO now has. The access to information they have is quite frightening due to the bill being recently passed in the senate. You might find this article particularly interesting, http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/oct/01/expanded-security-laws-pass-parliament-as-lone-labor-mp-voices-concerns, as it reveals, out of all the MPs in Australia, there was only one who spoke out against the bill, Melissa Parke. She raised concerns about the damaging effects it could bring to journalism and how it makes us less free and more subjective to the abuse of power.

  5. A well-resourced post, I think you may have come on a little strong with the 1984 stuff, but who knows, maybe our security is heading that way. I like the way you have fleshed out the Snowden story and put it all into context, it is a little scary to think of all the things that our governments don’t tell us, but I find it hard to take a side when there is just so much we don’t know. Very good read!

  6. I hope to GOD my ex girlfriend isn’t looking into my messages, I’d rather the NSA look at them than her… She’s quacking mad.

    But for real, this is a really good post, I particularly like the image and video integration.

    Your discussion integrated the three key people involved in the hactivism scene, (although Snowden didn’t really ‘hack’ to gain his information) this enriched the ideas you presented. Congruently the links to further information were effective in expanding your post.

    Overall this post fits the bill for insight into Hacktivism.

  7. Great job on this post! You’ve really shown an interest and understanding of the topic. I particularly liked the comparisons of consequences the three notable hackers have had to face and how you’ve went in further detail with Snowden. I agree that his story is definitely engaging and thought-provoking in that he is labelled as a malicious traitor yet people still have mixed opinions about his actions. You’ve tied in the issue of user surveillance well and chose a brilliant accompanying image and video link.

  8. As ever reading your posts provides a wealth extra resources, which is awesome. And that scene from Good Will Hunting sums up those smug bastards up perfectly for me, a great end to the post. But I must admit, I don’t think ASIO’s power stretches as far as the NSA, although having surveillance laws passed here without majority of the public’s consent is cause for concern for me. As ever great post.

  9. Great post! Your links sent me all over the Internet, really well resourced! The link to hippiekyle on Reddit was fantastic, he raised some really interesting and relevant points regarding Snowden, awesome find!
    I find that its a post 9/11 WORLD, not just a USA as most countries tighten their security and aim to minimise threat. Have you heard of the recent changes to whistle blowers in Australia? Journalists and those who distribute the work that is unauthorised and disclosing anything relating to special intelligence face up to 10 years in jail (Source: http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/consumer-security/new-laws-could-give-asio-a-warrant-for-the-entire-internet-jail-journalists-and-whistleblowers-20140923-10kzjz.html)
    . Its’ very interesting to see the changes happening! Great post that really got me thinking!

  10. A great way to open your post, and I agree, so much of what we have been learning sounds like it should be in the science fiction/conspiracy section of libraries but instead, we are learning that there is truth behind the accusations. I also find Edward Snowden incredibly interesting, Wired published an interview with him earlier this year and It changed so many of my perceptions. http://www.wired.com/2014/08/edward-snowden/ Check it out if you haven’t already!
    I watched Good Will hunting for the first time the other day and I immediately thought of the likes of Snowden, Assange and Manning. Great use of pop culture to reiterate your point!

  11. Your examples are very well-placed in this post. I agree that our privacy is no longer a precious thing and even as I type this, it will be noted and be stored somewhere for “security reasons”. I think governments have gone too far in their surveillance of citizens. Though it can help stop people planning to blow up places, it generally is way to over-the-top. Feel like the world is turning into Minority Report.

  12. love the title, nothing could be more relevant than Orwell. I really like your examples and links in this post as well, they supplement your argument very nicely. great job, can’t wait to read more.

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