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BLOG: The day human privacy died

Zafar Anjum | June 14, 2013
Just lamenting is not enough to save human privacy and dignity.

If you don't believe in human privacy, you don't believe in human dignity. And a life without dignity is anything but human. If you don't get this, go look at yourself in the mirror.

"I don't want to live in a world where there's no privacy, and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity," Snowden said in an interview.

In the end, it is all about making choices.

Snowden made a choice and he does not regret it. He has had "a very comfortable life" that included a salary of roughly $200,000, a girlfriend with whom he shared a home in Hawaii, a stable career, and a family he loves, he told The Guardian. "I'm willing to sacrifice all of that because I can't in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, Internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they're secretly building."

What are the choices that you are going to make? Think about it. Some have already started a campaign. The Mozilla Foundation, the Electronic Freedom Foundation, Reddit, and a host of other organisations are supporting a petition, Stop Watching Us. If you can't do something on your own, at least join the good side of the battle. Don't look for a leader. Get started now. Remember what Snowden had said? "I had been looking for leaders, but I realised that leadership is about being the first to act."

Zafar Anjum is the online editor of MIS Asia, CIO Asia, Computerworld Singapore and Computerworld Malaysia.  


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