The Age of Mass Surveillance Will Not Last Forever


Edward Snowden contemplates how the proliferation of mass surveillance has tracked precisely with the destruction of public power.

And yet despite this grim reading from my seven years in exile, I find more cause for hope than despair, thanks in no small part to those lasers and traffic cones in Hong Kong. My confidence springs not from how they are applied—to dazzle cameras and, with a little water, to contain and extinguish the gas grenades of a state gone wrong—but in what they express: the irrepressible human desire to be free.

The changing of an age takes more than lasers and traffic cones: it takes the hands that hold them.

It takes you.

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