Cyber threats, hacker attacks and laws are officially aiming to tackle internet piracy, but are, in fact, infringing on people's rights to online privacy.
It's an increasingly topical subject - and the world's most famous whistleblower aims to get to the heart of it in this week's episode
Cypherpunks is a movement originating from Cypherpunks’ Electronic Mailing List
, which was set up by activists aiming to improve Internet privacy and security through proactive use of cryptography. The movement has been active since the late 1980s. WikiLeaks is one of the many projects derived from Cypherpunks.
The Cypherpunks movement is all about keeping your private data private. “The math problem” created by cryptographic decoding is one of the few locks on the web box government agencies have yet to break.
“I have a view that with those tremendously big economic and political forces and natural efficiencies of technologies compared to the number of human beings, we will slowly end up in a global totalitarian surveillance society. By totalitarian I mean a total surveillance and that perhaps there’ll just be the last free living people and these last free living people are those people who understand how to use cryptography. Cryptography is to defend against this complete total surveillance,” says Assange.
Guests on today's episode are:
Andy Müller-Maguhn, a member of the German hacker association Chaos Computer Club
Jérémie Zimmermann, a co-founder of the Paris-based group La Quadrature du Net
, which advocates the free circulation of knowledge in the Internet.
Jacob Appelbaum, a US independent computer security researcher and activist currently involved in the Tor project
designing an online anonymity system.
, a well-known independent advocate for cyber freedoms, represented WikiLeaks at the Hope Conference in 2010.
Assange says, “Now we take our personal lives and we put it all on Facebook. We communicate using the Internet or mobile phones, which are now meshed to the Internet. And military or intelligence agencies have control of that data and are studying it. So this is some kind of militarization of civilian life."
Julian Assange asks his Cypherpunk guests: is the world’s future tied to the Internet?
The full video of episode 1 is included above.
"The World Tomorrow
" is broadcast live every Tuesday on RT at 11:30 GMT and published on Digital Journal as soon as the video is available.
Previous episodes are as follows:
Episode 1: Julian Assange 'The World Tomorrow' Episode 1 — Hassan Nasrallah
Episode 2: Assange — 'The World Tomorrow' — Ep. 2: Zizek & Horowitz (Video)
Episode 3: 'The World Tomorrow' — Ep 3: Assange & Tunisian president (video)
Episode 4: 'The World Tomorrow' — Ep 4. Rajab & El-Fattah: Arab Spring (video)
: Assange 'The World Tomorrow' — Ep. 5: Surviving Guantanamo Bay
: Assange 'The World Tomorrow' — Ep. 6: Ecuador fights its media
: Julian Assange 'The World Tomorrow' — Ep. 7: Occupy movement