So far, the people who have paid the highest price are those, like Edward Snowden, who have revealed the details of online government surveillance—even when, as Hoback shows, the scope of these programs wasn’t surprising. On Saturday, another panelist, Microsoft senior researcher danah boyd, said the content of Snowden’s revelations were less interesting than the way that he released this information and that the government responded. “We’re starting to see new road maps for civil disobedience,” she said. Each time a person like Snowden or Bradley Manning steps forward, she said, they are testing out new variations of civil disobedience against the surveillance state, figuring out how best to resist incursions into privacy.
Most of us, though, aren’t resisting; we’re living with the vague feeling that it’s not quite right that you’re handing over so much information on a daily basis. After all, as Zeynep Tufecki, who studies technology and society, says in the film: “You have nothing to hide until you do.”
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