While he has been in Russia for several years under political refugee status, Edward Snowden continues to fight for his cause. The famous whistleblower is launching a fundraising program for an Internet "without generalized surveillance".
An emblematic figure of cyber activism, Edward Snowden is known for revealing the existence of mass surveillance programs in the United States and the United Kingdom. Former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA), this American computer scientist, currently 37 years old, has always advocated respect for the privacy and freedom of Internet users. In a recent post on the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) website, he says what he did seven years ago changed his life forever, but also the way the world views surveillance. exercised by the authorities.
And now, with the objective of "repairing a broken system", the one who had to settle in Russia after the events of 2013 is appealing for donations.
Building a better digital future
In his letter, Snowden underlines the importance of this step in order to "build a better digital future", because according to him "surveillance calms resistance and deprives us of our choices. It robs us of our private spaces, eroding our dignity and the things that make us human. "
For the fight to be effective, the famous activist recommends moving forward "slowly, but surely". This approach, he believes, would build a solid foundation for the future. And it looks like reality is changing as "laws like the US Freedom Act begin to curb excessive government surveillance." Network operators and engineers cost everything ” .
A fund that will be paid to EFF
For Snowden, our reactions matter because “our voices online” have their power. Through this fundraising operation , the whistleblower hopes to strengthen the Internet against espionage. As for the amount raised, it will be donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to support it in its efforts to fight against widespread surveillance on the Internet.
Surveillance quiets resistance and takes away our choices. It robs us of private space, eroding our dignity and the things that make us human. It's up to all of us to fight back. https://t.co/1jzE3xCZoU
– EFF (@EFF) December 26, 2020