Digital privacy

Arguing that you don’t care about the right to 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

You should worry about your digital privacy, even though you “have nothing hide”. It’s all about freedom. Freedom of thought and expression, freedom to communicate in private and to store private information securely. Freedom to keep secrets, freedom to share secrets with those you trust. Freedom to have curtains behind the windows of your own private home, and to move about without being tracked.

The events of recent years have shown to what lengths governments are willing to go to covertly get their hands on as much information as possible, beyond any law and constitution. Huge private corporations are competing to harvest and monetize as much data about your life as possible. Don’t be a sheep, and don’t be a product. Be aware and take your own personal privacy seriously.

I support EFN, a Norwegian civil liberties organization. It is a sister organization to the better known Electronic Frontier Foundation. Some topics I find interesting are censorship, illegal or immoral surveillance of people through digital technology, invasion of privacy, network neutrality, libre software and open standards, interoperability concerns, hostile copyright legislation, source code patenting issues and Digital Restriction Management (DRM) technologies. Raising public awareness about issues such as these is an important matter.