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From: Richard M. Stallman
Subject: www/philosophy surveillance-vs-democracy.html
Date: Sat, 5 Oct 2019 05:10:09 -0400 (EDT)

CVSROOT:        /web/www
Module name:    www
Changes by:     Richard M. Stallman <rms>       19/10/05 05:10:09

Modified files:
        philosophy     : surveillance-vs-democracy.html 

Log message:
        Add reference to whistleblowers about Trump/Ukraine.

CVSWeb URLs:
http://web.cvs.savannah.gnu.org/viewcvs/www/philosophy/surveillance-vs-democracy.html?cvsroot=www&r1=1.69&r2=1.70

Patches:
Index: surveillance-vs-democracy.html
===================================================================
RCS file: /web/www/www/philosophy/surveillance-vs-democracy.html,v
retrieving revision 1.69
retrieving revision 1.70
diff -u -b -r1.69 -r1.70
--- surveillance-vs-democracy.html      26 Jun 2019 12:19:35 -0000      1.69
+++ surveillance-vs-democracy.html      5 Oct 2019 09:10:08 -0000       1.70
@@ -51,14 +51,18 @@
 <p>Faced with government secrecy, we the people depend on
 whistleblowers
 to <a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/11/reddit-tpp-ama";>tell
-us what the state is doing</a>.  However, today's surveillance
-intimidates potential whistleblowers, which means it is too much.  To
-recover our democratic control over the state, we must reduce
-surveillance to the point where whistleblowers know they are safe.</p>
+us what the state is doing</a>.  (We were reminded of this in 2019 as
+various whistleblowers gave the public increments of information
+about <a 
href="https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/09/27/trumps-ukraine-scandal-shows-why-whistleblowers-are-so-vital-democracy";>Trump's
+attempt to shake down the president of Ukraine</a>.)  However, today's
+surveillance intimidates potential whistleblowers, which means it is
+too much.  To recover our democratic control over the state, we must
+reduce surveillance to the point where whistleblowers know they are
+safe.</p>
 
 <p>Using free/libre
 software, <a href="/philosophy/free-software-even-more-important.html">as
-I've advocated for 30 years</a>, is the first step in taking control
+I've advocated since 1983</a>, is the first step in taking control
 of our digital lives, and that includes preventing surveillance.  We
 can't trust nonfree software; the NSA
 <a 
href="https://web.archive.org/web/20130622044225/http://blogs.computerworlduk.com/open-enterprise/2013/06/how-can-any-company-ever-trust-microsoft-again/index.htm";>uses</a>
@@ -620,7 +624,7 @@
 
 <p class="unprintable">Updated:
 <!-- timestamp start -->
-$Date: 2019/06/26 12:19:35 $
+$Date: 2019/10/05 09:10:08 $
 <!-- timestamp end -->
 </p>
 </div>



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