“I have both optimism and cynicism," he said. Referring to a Wired article about a giant NSA monitoring facility in the desert, Stryker said, "that’s the sort of stuff that makes you want to throw up your hands and say, ’none of this is worth it.’" But then Stryker pivoted quickly and referred to Isaac Wilder, a personage in his book, who invented the FreedomBox, a small device that "plugs directly into a wall with built-in privacy-protected e-mail and chat, and a publishing platform for activists living under tyranny." That sort of work, Stryker told me, "fills you with an optimism for the power of young, passionate people to stave off any kind of surveillance apocalypse.”

  • 13 September 2012
  • 27