“Arguing that you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.”
Edward Snowden said that. He has changed the world. He sparked a global debate and movement for privacy. Human rights defenders are more empowered to stand up against governments that use surveillance technology to control and often crack down on its citizens, organizations and dissidents.
We know more than ever before about how unchecked surveillance is a threat to human rights. Do we know how vulnerable we are as users of technology and all to often not aware of what we are signing up for, when we click the ‘I agree’ button.
Some 86 million people were affected by the Cambridge Analytica and Facebook scandal, how can that happen?
Our governments tell us the surveillance is for our own protection. Is that true? How come then, that major crime rings and corruption are still thriving?
Are governments and private companies and industries building systems that surveil our private details and selling information to third parties? How does that protect us?
Edward Snowden has put his own life on the line and will join us via Skype to discuss the human rights aspect and some of the technology behind freedom of information. At what cost?
The Student Society in Bergen and the regional office of Amnesty International in Western Norway and the Amnesty Student Bergen nettwork invite you to welcome Edward Snowden to the Aula of the University of Bergen.