The world's best-known and most sought-after whistleblower, Edward Snowden, warned in an interview with Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (CPH:DOX) about the measures taken to curb the spread of the corona virus. In the Interview with CPH:DOX, Edward Snowden addressed a number of interesting topics, including the potential risk of surveillance to contain Corona. He also showed interesting connections between Corona and the terrorist attack, which was carried out on September 11, 2001.
As you may have already read in our other blogs, we are against the cell phone tracking method, since this can quickly be used for mass surveillance. Well, if you don't want to believe us, maybe you believe former CIA employee Edward Snowden. Thanks to him, the mass surveillance that the American government exercised in the course of the terrorist attack was exposed.
The reporter asked Edward Snowden interesting questions, such as whether the method of cell phone tracking can produce positive results. He indicated a good connection to the September 11 terrorist attack. Mass surveillance began across America after the terrorist attack. They collected all sorts of data from all cell phones in America, it was all secret, and no civil Americans knew at the time that they were being monitored. The American intelligence agencies used all the analytics and AI technologies they had and spied on the American people for 13 years. And despite all the surveillance and analysis that was done, not a single terrorist attack could be prevented. In other words, mass surveillance was of no use. But the privacy of at least 330 million Americans was sacrificed.
What does this have to do with the corona virus? It's actually quite simple, because now we want to give up our right to privacy for a temporary problem. These are decisions based on panic. Or as Edward Snowden said: "Whenever there is a crisis, rationality exits the room.”
This sentence describes the whole cell phone tracking matter quite well. If we say yes to surveillance, we are risking our entire privacy and all associated rights will be abandoned in a moment of panic. In the interview, Edward Snowden clearly said what the problem is. The corona virus will no longer exist in 2 years, just as terrorism is no longer a big deal. But the consequences that can arise from this will haunt us long afterwards.
Don't let panic rule you! If you want to watch the entire interview, here is the link: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9we6t2nObbw).
"A virus is harmful, but the destruction of rights is fatal." ~ Edward Snowden