Edward Snowden: “Google and Facebook Store Data Abusively”
Edward Snowden is a controversial name and stole all the attention on the first day of the Web Summit. The most sought-after program analyst in the United States delivered the opening speech of the technology mega-summit via video call from Russia.
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“We have legalized the abuse of people,” Snowden said at the opening of the Web Summit, which kicked off Monday in Lisbon and extends through Thursday, referring to the impact of companies such as Facebook and Amazon. “People are angry with the right people, but for the wrong reasons,” he added of the data collection.
Edward Snowden is the grand star of this Web Summit 2019 that floods Lisbon with technology just before November 7th. He has demonstrated a great expectation of his speech through videoconferencing from Rusia, where he has been surrounded by big security measures since he has shaken the general practices of the CIA to spy on the citizens.
The main stage of the Altice Arena, in the heart of Lisbon’s Parque das Nacoes, has sparks that make up the guru, which is very much an ‘influencer’. Nothing unusual, in view of the fact that I spout such blunt phrases as “Google and Facebook store data of abusive manner” or “it is not the information that is manipulated; you are yours, the person . He did not forget to ask uncomfortable questions: “What are the most powerful institutions of society having converted into the least responsible? That is the caution to which it must respond to the current generation” .
As if it was a character in a novel by George Orwell Philip K. Dick , his image was a giant pantheon that disconcerted unsettling certainties. “You are not explaining data, you are exploiting the person”, since the exile, reinforced the cause of the belligerence of President Donald Trump in his country.
His life changed radically from the moment he dared to denounce a mastodontic surveillance system on an international scale. “Our communications are vulnerable so we can change models,” I say before stating that “when someone uses a service on the Internet, the company would immediately create a permanent registration.”
For the former CIA analyst, there was an extension of people’s vulnerability. “My generation and generation after mine no longer owns anything. We use these services, which create a register, ”he said, adding that governments are not clear about the concepts of data protection and collection. “The data is about the people. It’s not the data that’s manipulated, it’s the people, ”he said.
“We cannot trust anyone,” he said, considering that “they act for themselves and not for people” and that “data is sensitive to the system of these giants.” In this sense, he also defended that “we are the only ones who can protect ourselves”.
Snowden stressed that “technology is neutral” and “an amplification of individual power.” “How do we police the expression of power?” He asked.
“What is done when you have conflicting obligations?” Snowden said of the CIA’s action, adding that the United States watched over citizens, even those not suspected of terrorist acts, as intelligence gathering and surveillance “They are working in different ways.”
For the former CIA analyst the question is, “What can we do when the most powerful institution in society is least reliable?”
The summit will bring together between Monday and Thursday more than 70,000 participants, 2,150 startups and 239 partners, with dozens of panels. Founded in 2010 by Paddy Cosgrave, Daire Hickey and David Kelly, Web Summit is considered one of the world’s largest technology, innovation and entrepreneurship events, aiming to make the perfect match between investors and companies.
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Edward Snowden is the grand star of this Web Summit 2019 that floods Lisbon with technology just before November 7th. He has demonstrated a great expectation of his speech through videoconferencing from Rusia,