Privacy is the antidote to surveillance and if you think about it, the balance of power between citizens and their government has a lot to do with what is seen and unseen.
We want a fig leaf on the government and a fur coat on us but right now, it is obviously the other way around. Privacy is worth protecting and not because we are doing anything wrong (the vast majority of the many millions under suspicion surveillance are ordinary law abiding people!) but because this dragnet that has been cast over us has, and will continue to upset the balance of power that keeps We The People free!
So this show will be focused on privacy issues not because we want to take a bubble bath but because the structure of a free society demands it.
David Slane, David Slane and Associates
Because of my privacy advocacy and Mr. Slanes legal expertise, our paths have often intersected. I am so glad to finally get the opportunity to have a real conversation with him.
David Slane is an Oklahoma Criminal Defense Attorney and native Oklahoman recognized as an expert in the law. He works as the Legal Analyst for several OKC TV Stations and often weighs in on matters regarding privacy and civil liberties. Website for David Slane and Associates
For example, on May 17, Slane publicly raises an important question regarding the mysterious fee increase for Oklahoma driver’s licenses – are we funding further implementation of the Federal Real ID Act? (which is prohibited by Oklahoma law) The Dept. of Public Safety was conveniently unable to respond to that question at the time of airing and to date, Oklahoman’s still don’t know exactly what it is the fee hike is paying for exactly.
Also; Fox 25 Covers Consumer Concerns About Driver’s License Scanning, April 7, 2012
And David Slane has also been called upon to address the drone versus privacy issue; Oklahoma Researchers Test Drones That Can Detect Guns, April 8, 2013
And on the topic of Automatic License Plate Readers (one of my favorite technologies to despise!), David Slane says;
“I think it’s an invasion of your privacy,” said attorney David Slane. “You’re driving down the street and they’re reading your license plate. Each day we see a new thing happening involving our rights and if we don’t stop somewhere, there aren’t going to be any rights left.”
Read more: http://www.koco.com/news/oklahomanews/okc/Some-say-new-police-technology-is-invasion-of-privacy/-/11777584/15176922/-/cuif7w/-/index.html#ixzz2WE4y22ff
**Side note: If you follow David on Twitter you will get the benefit of being first in the know regarding many major Oklahoma news stories. (I check his tweets often for that very reason)
Tonight, we will get David’s thoughts on the legalities of biometric ID, drones and NSA spying.
Government Spying – yes! We are MAD!
And that emoticon guy doesn’t really do our outrage justice.
It’s really more like this!
As you can imagine, Howard and I have plenty to say about the recent revelations that the NSA is indeed indescrimaely collecting personal data on millions of Americans. Yes – We are frustrated and angry! This is a good thing. The worst thing would be to feel overwhelmed, intimidated and to fall silent because that is exactly the effect that government surveillance is intended produce. We have to push back now while we still can and we need to be empowered to protect our personal information.
While there is no 100% method to protecting your data, there are some simple changes of habit we can adopt and many tools available that can diminish our vulnerability to government spies and data hoarders.
Donovan Farrow, Alias Forensics
We are excited to introduce Donovan Farrow. Donovan has expertise in the ways of the internet and the secret travels of data, to give us just some of the most basic and essential tips to protect our privacy.
Donovan is the founder and owner of Alias Forensics which is a digital forensic company located in Oklahoma City. Donovan is a computer forensic examiner. That means is plain language, he’s the computer whisperer. Donovan can take digital data that would be gobbledy-gook to most of us and translate these data for us. Donovan often takes his knowledge to the courts where he is called upon to ensure the digital data that is being presented in court was collected with integrity and that it is factually correct. He is an interpreter.
I have heard horror stories about people sent up the river for an illegal image or information on their computer that they had no knowledge of. Donovan can find out where the offending information actually came from and how it got there in the first place so the innocent might have a fighting chance. This is probably a shameful oversimplification but hopefully you get the picture.
Be sure to note the call in number below because you will want to take advantage of the opportunity to ask our two expert guests some questions!
After tonight’s show, AxXiom For Liberty, will be taking a two moth hiatus –But when we come back we will be giving some real attention to practical solutions to bolster our opacity and increase government and corporate transparency.