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It's dear @avilarenata speaking at @LSEnews on digital rights, digital colonialism and freedom of speech. She wants us to leave with more questions and answers - firstly, are we passively abrogating and abdicating our right to freedom of expression?
The right to freedom of expression is much more complex than the right to publish. Read this carefully:
The lecture is dedicated to #Assange and @SaveManning and is for those born after 2000. When Renata was a child, she could explore the inside of computers and code in a way that young people today cannot, in fact in many instances it is criminalised to crack open your devices.
The internet was much less mediated at first, sharing of knowledge was not as monetised, information was shared by independent publishers and citizens generated content - at first the benefits of the web were being shared to the fullest.
2009-2012 were the most exciting years, but also when big mistakes were made. We could have prevented much that is wrong today with freedom for expression online. The boom of increasing access to knowledge was such a positive feeling - unlike the apocalyptic feeling of today.
We thought we could hold governments to account and publish globally. Isolated acts of whistleblowing occured before 2010, but sophisticated efforts to expose SYSTEMS of corruption that independent publisher @wikileaks gave us. Independent publishing requires COURAGE.
Federal government workers in the US were forbidden from learning fron the @wikileaks archive. It was forbidden to see the website in libraries. How fragile freedom of info is when Amazon can kick out the website after a phone call from Washington. This was an issue we didnt fix
Punishment by process - lawfare - was what has happened to #wikileaks and #assange. The innovation of whistleblowing anonymously. The chilling effect of the terrible persecution of @SaveManning was to prevent the transformative power of the internet combined with journalism.
After the @Snowden revelations (book out today yippee!) mostly the Five Eyes legalised their unthinkable militarised and global penetration of society through surveillance. The true face of tech giants and silicon valley became visible
In engaging and using Prism 9 companies - google facebook amazon, microsoft, apple, at&t etc we are training AI systems to be more and more sophisticated in violating rights, also that drone and extrajudicially assassinate.
Even if you go tech-vegan, dispensing with a mobile phone and 5g connected devices, surveillance devices amd cameras are everywhere.
This is the legal battle that Changes Everything @SaveManning #Assange if we ignore the criminalisation of journalists and whistleblowing, who will tell is what is going on in our world? This precedent determines our future.
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