1. Continuing Ed — with Edward SnowdenEdward Snowden6/15/2110 min
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    • sjwoo1 year ago

      Edward is a pretty smart dude, isn't he? If that wasn't clear before, it sure as hell is now.

      Though I don't agree with him that full internet anonymization is still the end-all/utopian solution. We have the tools to be anonymous on the internet, as much as we can be, but if you really think about it, how has anonymity ever existed pre-internet? It's always required guile and deception (i.e., masks, secret locations, and the like).

    • bartadamley1 year ago

      Huge win for Substack landing Snowden as a writer on their platform. I'd be curious if they lured him over with a bit of compensation as well.

      true conspiracies (debt)

      ooo very intrigued to see what Snowden has planned on writing in this realm. I'll be eager to see if he takes a crack on writing further on Cryptocurrency, as he brilliantly articulated in one of our AOTD's on Readup.


    • Jessica1 year ago

      Today, when I re-read that passage, and when I replay that old clip, I have a curious sense of distance: it's me, but also it's not. I still stand by the words, yet I can't help but acknowledge that I'm always standing at a different remove, contemplating the past from a new perspective, determined by all that has changed in the time that's elapsed. Between the clip and the memoir, my girlfriend Lindsay and I were reunited and married. Between the memoir and the present, we became parents to a son. Between that child and the writing of this sentence, I developed a new appreciation for time.

      Time - the ever so amorphous guiding force in our lives...

      It's here that the analogy with speech freedoms comes into starkest relief: until the air is clear for all, it's clear for none.

      Until the air is clear for all, it's clear for none. Love that line.

    • bill
      Top reader of all timeScribe
      1 year ago

      Yay! So stoked to start reading Snowden - in longform! - on Readup.

      This writing is superb. So good, in fact, that I have to wonder if he has a ghost-writer :P.

    • Pegeen
      Top reader this weekReading streakScoutScribe
      1 year ago

      Very well written. Certainly a voice worth listening to and reading.

    • jeff
      Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
      1 year ago

      I enjoyed this for the most part, but I can't help but cringe as everyone continues taking turns decrying "cancel culture" from their soapbox. Look, if you think a specific person shouldn't have lost their job over a bad Tweet or something then write about that specific incident and I'll almost certainly agree with you, but the blanket terminology isn't doing anyone any good. I wish he would have used a little more of that nuance that he rightfully observed we are so often lacking.

    • DellwoodBarker1 year ago


      Everything we do now lasts forever... The Internet's synonymizing of digital presence and physical existence ensures fidelity to memory, identitarian consistency, and ideological conformity. Be honest: if one of your opinions provokes the hordes on social media, you're less likely to ditch your account and start a new one than you are to apologize and grovel, or dig in and harden yourself ideologically. Neither of those "solutions" is one that fosters change, or intellectual and emotional growth.

      The forced identicality of online and offline lives, and the permanency of the Internet's record, augur against forgiveness, and advise against all mercy.