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“It turns out that George Orwell was an optimist,” warns computer security expert Mikko Hypponen. He describes the US government’s “wholesale blanket surveillance” of online and phone data and how it upends the freedoms guaranteed by the US Constitution, endangers democracy and inhibits free speech. Hypponen’s advice: Advocate for open-source systems and protest unchecked surveillance. getAbstract suggests you watch this timely presentation.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Western intelligence agencies, particularly those in the United States, have abused their right to monitor telecommunications and Internet traffic;
  • Why the arguments supporting such surveillance don’t hold water; and
  • What people worldwide can do to stop the invasion of privacy.
 

About the Speaker

Cybersecurity expert Mikko Hypponen is chief research officer for F-Secure Corporation.

 

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The two leading modern inventions, the Internet and mobile phones, surprisingly became the “perfect tools for the surveillance state.” In June 2013, former intelligence contractor

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