Edward Snowden, former NSA infrastructure analyst turned whistleblower, on May 15 at Cubberley Auditorium to discuss the philosophical tensions of whistleblowing and government surveillance. The 2015 Symbolic Systems Distinguished Speaker, Snowden spoke via video conference from Moscow.
Philosophy Talk, a Stanford-based radio talk show featuring professors of philosophy, John Perry and Kenneth Taylor, is facing a funding crisis that may threaten its continuation.
The disclosure of classified information to unauthorized individuals puts me, my family, my fellow service members at risk, in addition to threatening the security of the American homeland and people. To me, Snowden and Manning are criminals and traitors, not heroes.
At any rate, we cannot afford to forget the important policies questions and ethical quandaries that Snowden has raised in the last two years–celebrating these discussions will be essential in preserving civil liberties in the future.
A dangerous rift is forming between what technology enables and what law enforcement needs. Thus, we must reconcile our protective instincts towards our personal data with our protective instincts towards ourselves and our country.
The potential hazards of powerful US-made surveillance mixing with local law enforcement practices.