An anti-surveillance skill share is happening at Mayday (Image via Mayday/Facebook)
Ever heard of a yottabyte? It’s 1,000 times the size of the internet and the amount of data the U.S. government can hold in its Utah Data Center, Jonathan Stribling-Uss, the director of Constitutional Communications, tells me.
If you haven’t seen Citizenfour yet or read any of Glenn Greenwald‘s stuff, here’s a newsflash: The U.S. government is keeping track of all your online and phone interactions, 24/7, picking up every last awkward text message to a crush or drunk phone call you’d rather forget. (Not to mention the hackers who are getting ever better at infiltrating your system.)
From left: Stephen Lewis, Cian Westmoreland, Michael Hass, and Brandon Bryant. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)
With the U.S. “reasonably certain” that a drone strike killed the much reviled Jihadi John and a wave of recent attacks boosting our worst fears about ISIS, the timing isn’t exactly great for a documentary that questions the wisdom of targeted killings. But two former drone operators who appear in Tonje Hessen Schei’s Droneare sticking to their guns.
Scahill, Poitras and Greenwald. (Photos: Sam Blum)
We don’t often see Pulitzer-winning cavaliers of press freedom infiltrate the depths of Bushwick, but last night the infamous trio behind The Intercept — Jeremy Scahill, Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald — were at Mayday space to promote the paperback edition of Scahill’s New York Times bestseller, Dirty Wars. More →