Wire magazine April-June 201
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Our latest edition of Wire marks the anniversary of a key turning point in recent history - a moment when the vast expanse of mass surveillance by Western governments suddenly became more visible.
Almost two years have passed since Edward Snowden exposed the USA's and UK's global mass surveillance programmes. What we thought belonged to science fiction was in fact reality: our intelligence agencies are indiscriminately intercepting the emails, phone calls, Internet searches and social media messages of hundreds of millions of people.
We've learned a lot since then - that anyone using the Internet or a mobile phone is potentially being monitored, that there is very little oversight of these surveillance programmes, and that politicians will use scaremongering tactics to secure ever more snooping powers. And in two years, nothing has changed.
What we know now is already scary; imagine the power governments will have as the Internet spreads to every appliance we use, and as virtual reality technologies blur the distinction between the digital and physical.
If we do nothing now, George Orwell's 1984 will seem like an understated vision of the future.Our #UnfollowMe campaign sends a clear message to world leaders: ban mass surveillance now!
The Wire team
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