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consent is only meaningful if it is informed

The whole thing about whistle blowing [is that] it’s not about me. It’s about us and always is. In a democracy Government derives its legitimacy from the consent of the governed, but we all know that consent is only meaningful if it’s informed. (starts 46min 10sec)

Privacy exists to protect you from systems of power regardless of what you are doing. If you have to prove your innocence, if you have to prove why you need a right, it is not a right. If you have to establish that you are not unusual, that you are not a threat, that you are not different, what is the purpose of the right? The majority that is saying I’m normal”, they don’t need rights because they decide the laws. Rights exist to protect the minority against the majority, and people seem to be missing that today. Saying that I don’t care about privacy because I have nothing to hide” means I don’t care about anyone who might have something to hide”. And you are destroying their future for your convenience. (starts 1hr 26min 32sec)

– Edward Snowden on Record Decode podcast stitcher.com/podcast/vox/recode-decode/e/64986015.

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