The Psychological Dark Side of Gmail

Yasha Levine PandoDaily http://pando.com/ “We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about.” “Your digital identity will live forever… because there’s no delete button.” —Eric Schmidt Some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley recently announced that they had gotten...

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Shooting the Messenger

Chris Hedges TruthDig.com http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/shooting_the_messenger_20131208 There is a deeply misguided attempt to sacrifice Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, Chelsea Manning and Jeremy Hammond on the altar of the security and surveillance state to justify the leaks made by Edward Snowden. It is argued that Snowden, in exposing the National Security Agency’s global spying operation, judiciously...

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Mistaking Omniscience for Omnipotence

Tom Engelhardt TomDispatch.com http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175771/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_a_surveillance_state_scorecard/ Given how similar they sound and how easy it is to imagine one leading to the other, confusing omniscience (having total knowledge) with omnipotence (having total power) is easy enough.  It’s a reasonable supposition that, before the Snowden revelations hit, America’s spymasters had made just that mistake.  If...

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