[ExI] Snowden sets OPSEC record straight

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Fri Oct 18 08:57:59 UTC 2013

On 2013-10-18 09:07, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> Asked if he still believes what he did was worth it, Drake had no 
> doubts: "Is freedom worth it? Is liberty worth it? Is not living in a 
> surveillance society worth it?" "If you don't want to live it, then 
> you've got to stand up and defend the rights and the freedoms that 
> prevent that from actually happening," he said. "

Yes, when I met this crowd (last year, when they honored Thomas Fingar) 
I was struck by how justified they felt. They had sacrificed a lot for 
doing what was Right, and they slept very well at night with their clean 
consciences.  Of course, a cynical part of my mind saw cognitive 
dissonance hard at work.

I think building the right kind of protective and reward system for 
whistleblowing is a very important function for open societies. I 
suspect that there is inefficiently too little of it.

Dr Anders Sandberg
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
Oxford University

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