“But while the leaks are fundamentally different, there is a better question Apatow might have posed: how do we define the difference between a leak that offers us transparency, and one that feels more like retribution?”
ENFORCED TRANSPARENCY The concept of transparency is simple, if governments practice it – we as a people – will be able to spot misuse of power, corruption and safeguard our democracy. When transparency becomes just a word, a smokescreen, and governments around the world use it as well as the alleged need for secrecy to keep us in the dark, something has to be done.
Hacking: The Transparency Grenade
Hacking, whistleblowing and journalism are very effective tools in this regard. That is why we call it #EnforcedTransparency.
By Dan Froomkin for The Intercept There are incredible implications when we know that at least 17 intel orgs in the US, Five Eyes countries, Israel and what must be hundreds of private contractors have access to this data.
The potential for misuse is staggering. Especially since we now know that the Intel agencies use their capabilities for industrial espionage – even against allies.
And it gets worse I really do believe that private contractors with corporations as customers will have no filters when it comes to using this data in nefarious ways. Transparency and oversight towards the intelligence industry is so weak that laughable is teh best way of describing it.
The Transparency Enforcers
We need to force these entities to create safeguards. If that does not happen we need more heroes like Jeremy Hammond, Barrett Brown, Chelsea Manning, Thomas Drake, Matt DeHart to name but a few. Please watch The Hacker Wars to understand why this is truly necessary.