Government Surveillance- This is just the beginning

by lkparris on March 13, 2014 - 5:12pm

The sspeaker Christopher Sogholan is a privacy researcher and his view are that the government surveillance is shifting beneath the population feet, as an industry grows to support monitoring programs. Christopher states that the through private companies, the government is buying technology with the capacity to break into computers, steal documents and monitor activity- without any detection.

Christopher audience are basically the population that are using technology. in this era, approximately 85% of the world's population are using technology such as; computer, mobile phone, GPS and etc.

I believe that Christopher effectively accomplished his purpose, buy informing his viewers with evidence. this will help the audience to make a decision whether to believe or not believe his views and theory.

His implications are showing the government are sneaking around the world to get information from them and control the population every move by using the technologies we use on daily basis.


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I agree with you that Cristopher Soghoian does a great job at explaining the rising issue of governmental surveillance. It is indeed quite scary to think that the number of electronic devices we use today could all be hacked to provide government surveillance. I think this is in fact just the beginning for governments, but also for the common hacker.
In his talk, Soghoian explains how most countries don’t necessarily have the funds necessary to develop their own software to hack into their citizen’s private life. Most of them instead rely on private company who sell their own software. I believe that this is the biggest threat. If a company of individuals can create software that powerful, what prevents anybody from doing so?
Another interesting speaker, Avi Rubin, talks about how no device we use an actually completely fail-safe in his talk “All your devices can be hacked” from TEDxMidAtlantic in October 2011. Basically, he explains how multiple research team at different universities have explored the different possibilities for hacking almost any devices. For example, they were able to use an iPhone placed on a table next to a keyboard and its Accelerometer to find out what was typed on the keyboard. That means a person could simply put a phone on the table where you are currently typing and find out everything you typed. They also explored the different risks associated with someone hacking into a car’s computer or even a peacemaker.
Overall, I think hacking in itself has many risks and not only from a government perspective. It is not a field that is reserved to them because of the funds needed, such as space exploration was a few decades ago.
Here is a link to Avi Rubin’s talk:

I think you do a good job summarizing the video. You give us a good insight in the mind of Christopher Sogholan. It's pretty scary to think that the government can simply dig in our files without us ever knowing. If this is true, it means that they have absolutely no respect for our privacy and thus our rights. And since 85% of the population uses technology, it becomes much easier to spy on people. Also, people care less about their online privacy than before. This talk ( discusses the issue of online privacy and why we are more inclined to give away our informations. As Alessandro Acquisti says, the line between public and private is becoming less and less clearer as time goes by. The only thing I would have to say is that you should be more careful about your spelling since there are a few mistakes that could have been easily avoided.

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