Stephen Colbert gave the closing keynote speech at the RSA Conference – USA 2014 on February 28th, 2014 at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, where he pitched his new start up ‘CloudFog’.
Following his speech, Stephen took questions from the assembled audience: http://bit.ly/NfR33v
I was following this on twitter and I read it as cloudfrog, little bit disappointed I was wrong.
"The fact is Americans have no expectation of privacy anymore. We just assume that everything we say, or do, or write, or look at and type is being simulcast to a video wall in the NSA steam room/spank bank. At least until Google’s done using all that data to show us ads. And we all deserve credit for this new surveillance state that we live in, because we the people voted for the Patriot Act. Democrats and Republicans alike, we voted for the people who voted for it, and then voted for the people who reauthorised it, then voted for the people who re-reauthorised it."
Excuse me, Stephen, but citizens of countries other than the United States deserve to have their civil liberties respected too. To have a problem of a perceived inconsistency of Snowden letting citizens of other countries also know of similar surveillance of similar dubious legality, when he said he just wanted to let Americans know what was happening to them, is nitpicking. It wasn’t just foreign governments and officials, but regular citizens of foreign countries, which is different.
Tradeable women? So much for those dreams I had of creating a post-apocalyptic feminist utopia with Stephen Colbert.
"There’s no greater threat to our security than not knowing where the money came from and not voting."
Very important, but ‘no greater threat’? You sound like a threat analyst, with your own ideas for helping to securitise such a threat…oh wait.