Blog series: Why shrugging at the Snowden revelations is a bad idea

23 Oct. 2014

Read our blog series on why we think shrugging at the Snowden revelations is a bad idea.

Last Updated: 01 Oct 2015

"I only have one fear in doing all of this – that people will see these documents and shrug, that they'll say 'we assumed this was happening and don't care'. The only thing I'm worried about is that I'll do all this to my life for nothing." - Edward Snowden  
Top-secret documents about the NSA and GCHQ's mass surveillance of nearly all communications have been leaked over the last year and are currently continuing to be leaked.
Intelligence agencies can literally monitor nearly everything that citizens say and do through communications services on a global scale. And as of last year, we are being provided free and unlimited access to thousands of original documents which prove it.
This appears to be a unique moment in history in terms of demands for transparency when it comes to state surveillance and thus control of citizens. Yet how many of us care or are even aware of it? 
Snowden took an action to spark a global debate about privacy, Internet freedom and the dangers of state surveillance. While he has achieved this to some extent, there are still some who confirm his greatest fear: public indifference.
Why do some shrug at the idea of their most private communications being accessed and controlled by third parties?
This blog series aims to briefly demystify some of the narratives around why the Snowden revelations are irrelevant to us.

Read our blogs here:

Blog 1: 3 (scary) things Snowden taught us about surveillance
Blog 2: The False Dichotomy of Better and Worse Spies
Blog 3: Can we Play Hide and Seek in the Panopticon?
Blog 4: Lies and Revelations: Why mass surveillance is not about catching the "bad guys"
Blog 5: Nothing to Hide? Almost Nothing to Control (part 1)
Blog 6: Nothing to Hide? Stories our Data Tells About Us (part 2)
Blog 7: Nothing to Hide? Asking the Wrong Question (part 3)
Blog 8: 7 reasons not to shrug at the Snowden revelations
Check out our blog series timeline!
Many thanks to Jacob Appelbaum, Claudio Agosti and Fieke Jansen for their feedback.

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