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I should have prepared a better post ahead of time, but this quick announcement is all I'll have time for today.

I've been president of a gay student group in a time when being gay could still be considered a security risk and a political fringe.  I've been involved with the Radical Faeries, even further into the sociopolitical fringe. I've dated a foreign national (a chemist who was also military), and I still communicate with him across national borders.  I've participated in the local Occupy movement.  I am, therefore, a person of interest.  If you've spent any time communicating with me... then so are you.

The only way for a surveillance state to be certain that you aren't influencing me (or me influencing you) for nefarious purposes is for the government to look more closely at your own activities, right?

The NSA "has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world." The New York TimesThe NSA collected "almost 3 billion pieces of intelligence from US computer networks" in one month in 2013. The Guardian
The NSA is collecting the content and metadata of emails, web activity, chats, social networks, and everything else as part of what it calls "upstream" collection. The Washington Post The NSA "is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans." The Washington Post
The NSA "is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world." The Washington Post The NSA "is searching the contents of vast amounts of Americans’ e-mail and text communications into and out of the country." The New York Times

Data is valuable, and information is power.  I oppose government surveillance when it means that data is held in secret by a few.  I have to head out now for a long and busy work day, but I hope to explore later in greater detail how I think data should be used in our new society of technological telepaths.  Oversimplified, this collective memory should be accessible by everyone or no one.

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