This piece by Wilneida Negrón from the Ford Foundation merits a close read. Some of us often think of the democratizing potential of social media and the Internet, however, as you can see below, free and open expression are grievously at risk here and beyond.
The access to our lives that our own government has should be a matter of grave concern not just to ourselves, but also in terms of social justice causes locally and worldwide.
It is disturbing to consider how our own government spies on its own citizens, let alone folks in other countries. On this note, I just saw the movie, Snowden, and strongly recommend it. It focused, in particular, on the NSA’s PRISM program that Snowden exposed and that Negrón mentions below.
The access that our government already has to our private lives is unsettling. But let's not be afraid. Let's organize and let's act. To that end, Negrón provides very useful suggestions in this piece below.
Thank you, President Darren Walker, Wilneida Negrón, and the Ford Foundation, for all you do to expand civil and human rights. Best of wishes in the new year and Happy MLK Day!
Angela Valenzuela, Ph.D.
College of Education, Education Policy and Planning
University of Texas at Austin