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[liberationtech] The Future of Security Journalism

J.M. Porup jm at
Thu Jan 29 05:41:49 PST 2015

Nathan Andrew Fain:
> Quinn's thought that legislation is required to protect this form of
> data journalism is optimistic. Sufficient solutions would take a very
> long time to formulate and probably not be very workable until
> societies have full internalized the shift into a digital world. 

What will that digital world look like?

It is a commonplace observation that technology disrupts social and
political structures. But what will our societies look like when that
disruption is complete?

Well, what do you call a world in which the average individual cannot
protect themselves, and must resort to protection[0] from a small,
powerful, well-armed group?

Feudalism. (Or racketeering. Same difference.)

As for the law, I have written about this at length[1,2], but all the
law does is codify the new power balance. We see this already in France,
Australia, New Zealand. The All-You-Can-Spy Buffet is also being pushed
hard in the UK and the US.

Bottom line: If we don't wish to be serfs in the new feudal, digital
world, we need to re-disrupt the disruption, and invent new tools that
ensure human liberty and dignity. Activists can fight a rear-guard
action with lawmakers to buy us time to build those tools, but that time
is short, and the New Dark Age is nearly upon us.


[0] Gee this sure is a nice flower shop. Sure wouldn't want anything to
"happen" to it. Say, you know what you need? Protection. Me and my pal
Capone, we protect people. For the low, low price of all your civil
liberties, we'll protect you from the knowledge of your own
worthlessness. Put her there, pal!



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