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Published on Mar 31, 2010
The FBI and other professional protectors claim they need better tools of surveillance in order to preserve our lives from danger. Many rightfully fear a trend toward Big Brother, but author David Brin shows that these two goals don't really conflict. Freedom is best safeguarded by a citizenry who are armed with knowledge. We don't protect freedom by blinding our public servants or any elites for that matter. No people ever succeeded at blinding their elites. What safeguards freedom is insisting that the people see and that elites be closely supervised. That, we have done to some extent. Aggessively and assertively, we might apply accountability even more in the future. It is the secret trick of no secrecy. David Brin is the author of The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force us to choose between Privacy and Freedom?