Being a “techie” often blinds us to the plight of the majority — who, for one reason or another, don’t know they’re targets for tracking or simply can’t avoid being one. For many, the actions necessary to set up encryption or even abandon certain services are not feasible. Privacy should not become a luxury for an elite tech-savvy few; it matters far too much. Yet without structural reform those who lack cyber-privilege are often left exposed and tracked.
Jonathan Sadowski, in his new column for Wired, Stop Thinking That Tech Hacks Are the Solution to Our Surveillance Woes. It’s a powerful message: privacy is a right for everyone, not a privilege for those savvy or wealthy enough to route around government surveillance.