The surveillance industry is assisting state suppression. It must be stopped | David Kaye

The power and reach of private spyware companies is the stuff of dystopian fiction, says David Kaye, UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression Imagine a government with the power to spy on any critic, reporter or activist. A state with the capacity to extort or silence by tracking not just a persons movements but her conversations, contacts, photos, notes, emails the entire content of ones digital life. This may sound like something from dystopian fiction, but such targeted surveillance is a grim reality of the digital age. It is increasingly a tool of repressive governments to stifle debate, criticism and journalism. Over and over, researchers and journalists have been uncovering evidence of governments, with the help of private companies, …