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" A lack of government oversight hasn't hindered the Internet. Quite the opposite. A hands-off approach is largely responsible for its fantastic growth and success. "
" CCTV is seen either as a symbol of Orwellian dystopia or a technology that will lead to crime-free streets and civil behaviour. While arguments continue, there is very little solid data in the public domain about the costs, quantity and effectiveness of surveillance. "
" Hackers often describe what they do as playfully creative problem solving. "
" If Anonymous and Lulzsec are the id of hacking, then physical hackerspaces are the heart of the higher-minded hacking ideals: freedom of information, meritocracy of ideas, a joy of learning and anti-authoritarianism. "
" If any of us were faced with a huge bag of free money and very little accountability, it would be human nature that you would make the most of it. "
" I know people don't like America very much, but the one thing it's very good on is local government. "
" In America, you have the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. You've got drones now being considered for domestic surveillance. You have the National Security Agency building the world's giantest spy center. "
" In Britain, it's bred into you, the idea that you can't really change anything, so why bother. When I went to school in America, it was the total opposite view - you, as an individual, can change anything and everything. It's how you're raised. "
" In the soil of ignorance, fear can easily be sown. "
" It is scrutiny by the general public that keeps the powerful honest. "
" It seems appropriate that the author of '1984' was a British citizen. George Orwell must have seen how easily the great British public's lamb-like disposition toward its leaders could be exploited to create a police state. "
" It used to cost money to disclose and distribute information. In the digital age it costs money not to. "
" Leaks are not the problem; they are the symptom. They reveal a disconnect between what people want and need to know and what they actually do know. The greater the secrecy, the more likely a leak. "
" Our printing press is the Internet. Our coffee houses are social networks. "
" Parliamentarians certainly know how to do bad public relations. "
" Politicians often claim secrecy is necessary for good governance or national security. "
" Public relations is at best promotion or manipulation, at worst evasion and outright deception. What it is never about is a free flow of information. "
" The biggest abuses in society happen when people are not able to communicate and not able to connect. "
" The hacker community may be small, but it possesses the skills that are driving the global economies of the future. "
" There's a lot of hand-wringing going on about the death of journalism and particularly the death of investigative journalism. What I see is that there is more need than ever to have experienced information processors - people who can look through this mass of data. "
" There's not a self-regulating group of nice fair-playing people in politics. There are a lot of dodgy people in politics. "
" The way the Establishment deals with people like me is to ignore them. When you become unignorable, they will try to smear you, and that's what I feared for a long time. Now I have somehow vaulted into this space where it's difficult for someone to smear me because it would look as though they were being vindictive and spiteful. "
" We are not naughty children, and the state is not our parent. "
" What the interconnected age in which we live allows us to do is instantly connect with each other. "
" What the Internet has done is it has decentralised power. "
" When you're a crime reporter, you see the nub of what life's about, and you don't have much patience for the falsity of politics. "
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