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August 2016 , Page 52 

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A Beginner’s Guide to Surveillance, Digital Security, and the Privilege

By Sam Guiberson and Jeremy Gillula

As anyone who can spell “Internet” must know by now, when we use digital devices for work or play, we are subject to the compromise of our communications and stored information by way of government, corporate, or criminal interception and surveillance. With our fingers on the keys only a few inches from our screens, the relationship between ourselves and our computers seems as intimate as lovers sitting side by side on a park bench. Intellectually, we know that the Internet is the nervous system of a wired world, where what we ping, pings us. What we do not fully absorb is how those wires wind together to form a sieve through which our digital self-expression is emptied into the waiting hands of strangers, eager to exploit it to ends we can barely imagine.

To participate in the commerce of the Internet, we must become its currency, exchanging our privacy for the barter of goods, gossip, news, and entertainment. The subtle compromise of our privacy makes it easy to forg

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