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Cellphone Spies – Eric Snowden on the State of Surveillance in 2020

Eric Snowden runs down the history and state of surveillance in 2020. Cellphone Spies in traditional telecommunication and internet messaging are the norm. And not all of that is bad. But data analytics needs responsibility and ethical respect. There´s no room for stupid people, as networks get even faster and more services will be connected.

I am a fan of data-driven analytics and have enjoyed working with brilliant minds in massive computing, network infrastructure, and targeting for some years. It’s a fundament of private communication and changed the way businesses and even governments interact. In any sense: Data has become vital to our life. Today, no one wants to miss connected mobility or predictive health services.

But we have a problem, once an evil party misuses this power in lousy interest. Therefore, it’s essential to stay on top of what’s the 2020 State of Surveillance. Edward Snowden is undoubtedly an authority in this space. The interview gives us an overview of the 2020 state of ubiquitous data collection. The conclusion is straightforward: Watchdog Search and  Watchdog journalism are superpowers. We need a professional and ethical discourse and mustn’t leave the discussion to the nerds. 

Are you aware of the current state of surveillance, and what if anything has changed since your revelations? Yeah, I mean the big thing that’s changed. Since 2013 it’s now mobile-first everything. Mobile was still a big deal, right, and the intelligence community was very much grappling to get its hands around it and deal with it. Yet, now people are much less likely to use a laptop than use a desktop than then use, you know, God, any wired phone then they already use a smartphone. Unfortunately, both Apple and Android devices are not especially good at protecting your privacy right now. 

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