Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen an extreme ramp-up of censorship, surveillance and harassment — not unlike what whistleblower Edward Snowden warned would happen.

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“CITIZENFOUR” is a documentary about U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden. It came out in 2014, but it’s even more pertinent today than it was then.
In January 2013, documentary film director/producer Laura Poitras received an encrypted email from a stranger who called himself “Citizen Four.”
In June 2013, Poitras flew to meet Snowden at the Mira Hotel in Hong Kong, together with columnist Glenn Greenwald and Guardian intelligence reporter Ewen MacAskill. After four days of interviews, Snowden’s identity was made public at his request.
Today, Snowden’s warnings ring truer than ever. Artificial intelligence now scours social media, podcasts and videos for keywords identifying “anti-vaxxers,” for example. It doesn’t even matter if they agree with what you’re writing or saying. The mere inclusion of certain words will get you axed from the platform.
Next, the plan is to eliminate privacy altogether by requiring a digital identity to access the internet.

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