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Michael K.,University of Wollongong | Albrecht K.,StartPage
IEEE Technology and Society Magazine | Year: 2014

Katherine Albrecht and Katina Michael explains that the time spent in electronic vectors of nothingness is contributing to the decay of our meaningful, relationships. Barring sleep, people have just 16 hours each day to live their conscious lives. If they spend 11 of them online, at a console, or in a game, that's 69% of their waking lives. Most of us legitimately require screen time for work, but we often get stuck there. All those online hours come at a high cost. We feel pressured, like there is never enough time to get everything done. The productivity void of all these wasted hours is already beginning to alarm U.S. employers, as analysts bemoan that employees spend one quarter of their online time at the office on non-work related Internet surfing, thus squandering an average of five hours per week.

News Article | November 11, 2016
Site: www.cnet.com

What does Edward Snowden think the future will look like with a President Donald Trump at the helm of the US National Security Agency? "This is a dark moment in our nation's history, but it is not the end of history," said Snowden, the former NSA contractor who revealed widespread government surveillance, including the bulk collection of internet user information and phone records. Speaking remotely from Russia to an event hosted by search engine company StartPage in Amsterdam, Snowden urged the audience to get involved in protecting online privacy. Snowden appears regularly at events via video conference. His lawyers recently launched a campaign asking President Barack Obama to pardon him of espionage and other criminal charges Snowden faces for taking and leaking NSA secrets. "We have to be political," Snowden said. "You have to talk about these things." Snowden pointed to 2008, when many believed President-elect Obama would pump the brakes on surveillance programs developed by the administration of President George W. Bush. Obama's efforts fell short, Snowden said, as he urged the crowd not to count on politicians to rein in government overreach. "This will never be the work of politicians. This will only be the work of the people," he said. "We cannot hope for an Obama and we should not fear a Donald Trump -- rather, we should build it ourselves." Snowden went on to encourage the young people watching to start working on technology that could "guarantee human rights," and not leave it up to governments check their own power. Before noting that he enjoys his own role as an advocate for freedom from government surveillance, Snowden urged others to respond to the US election by getting involved in pro-privacy causes. "A vote is a start," he said, "but it will never be enough."

News Article | November 10, 2016
Site: www.prweb.com

What is the future of privacy under newly elected US President Donald Trump? Edward Snowden will address questions like these in a StartPage.com special live post-election event on Thursday, November 10. The free livestream will be available at https://www.startpage.com/snowden starting at 4:30 PM Eastern time. The feed will be broadcast from the Pathé Tuschinski in Amsterdam where Snowden will be patched in to a live theater audience via satellite transmission from Moscow. “There is no one better than Edward Snowden to comment on how recent world developments like the US election will affect consumer privacy,” said StartPage CEO Robert Beens. “This will be an historic event, and we are honored he accepted our invitation.” Snowden became world famous after he handed journalists classified documents detailing the global espionage activities of the United States National Security Agency (NSA). His exposure of covert government surveillance put privacy firmly on the map, but also put him at great risk. Snowden was forced to flee the US in 2013 to avoid arrest and currently resides in Russia, where he has been given asylum. "Edward Snowden’s revelations about government spying and mass data collection are of crucial importance to our society, but he had to sacrifice his free life for it," said Robert Beens, CEO of StartPage.com. "We are proud to honor his service and bring his privacy message to the world.” The Freedom of the Press Foundation and Edward Snowden’s attorney Ben Wizner of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project have been instrumental in helping make this historic event possible, Beens said. He also expressed gratitude to Amnesty International and PardonSnowden.org for spearheading a petition drive that calls on US President Barack Obama to pardon Snowden before leaving office in January 2017. The Dutch search engine StartPage.com offers its users search privacy. No IP addresses are stored, no personal data is collected or passed on to third parties, and no identifying cookies are placed. Edward Snowden’s 2013 revelations created unprecedented privacy awareness which resulted in people looking for alternatives to Google, Yahoo and Bing. This also led to exponential growth at StartPage.com, where now two billion searches per year are delivered in maximum privacy. StartPage.com is based in the Netherlands, outside of US jurisdiction, so it is not subject to US laws like the Patriot Act, and cannot be forced to comply with US dragnet surveillance programs, like PRISM.

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