We Need A Massive Surveillance Program :: Maciej Ceglowski

by Volker Weber

Unpopular opinion coming from a privacy activist:

I continue to believe that living in a surveillance society is incompatible in the long term with liberty. But a prerequisite of liberty is physical safety. If temporarily conscripting surveillance capitalism as a public health measure offers us a way out of this crisis, then we should take it, and make full use of it. At the same time, we should reflect on why such a powerful surveillance tool was instantly at hand in this crisis, and what its continuing existence means for our long-term future as a free people.

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Problem is, the surveillance will not stop when the health crisis ends.

Once in place, it's hard to turn off or not shift it's gaze onto other pressing, perpetual matters, like the war on drugs, terror, tax evasion or traffic violations. Or maybe the freedom of assembly to oppose a fascist regime. \_(ツ)_/

Marc Beckersjürgen, 2020-03-26

My name is spelled Cegłowski

Maciej Ceglowski, 2020-03-26

Apologies. Corrected.

Volker Weber, 2020-03-26

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