For years, privacy advocates had been speculating about a possible “Privacy Chernobyl” – a major scandal that would put the issue of surveillance on the global agenda and create a mass social movement against privacy intrusions committed by governments and corporations. In the summer of 2013, this speculation became reality. Edward Snowden’s leaked documents detailing the mass surveillance activities conducted by the National Security Agency and its international partners caused – to stick to the nuclear disaster analogy – a temporary meltdown of public trust by citizens around the world. The series is based on research bill Till Waescher on the political communication tactics of the global privacy community for which he conducted 21 semi-structured interviews with activists from 14 countries.

  1. 1. Six Frames Against Surveillance
  2. 2. Cooperation or co-option? Intersectoral partnerships between privacy advocates and tech companies
  3. 3. The Myth of a Transnational Anti-Surveillance Community

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