The #Poverty of “#Crypto and #Empire”: against a narrowing of the #politics of #cryptography https://conspicuouschatter.wordpress.com/2016/04/07/the-poverty-of-crypto-and-empire-against-a-narrowing-of-the-politics-of-cryptography/ via @wordpressdotcom
One of the rare joys of being a live author, is the ability to interpret your own works, as well as to help others when they try to do so. In that context it was, as ever, a pleasure to read Gürses et al. recent article on “Crypto and empire: the contradictions of counter-surveillance advocacy” and reflect on the insights it provides. It is also nice to be in a position to highlight that a number of thesis it puts forward are in fact artefacts of preconceptions and selective reading of events. While this is useful to abstract and present a clear argument, it is unhelpful when it results in misleading conclusions and interpretations.
Broadly speaking the article argues that the distinction between mass surveillance and targeted surveillance, sweeps under the carpet questions of political legitimacy of current forms of targeted surveillance. It also ignores the fact that mass electronic…
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