NSA Bugging the World, Unmasking ‘Anonymous’ and the Culture of Online Freedom-Fighting

On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin calls attention to yet another NSA revelation that exposes the US government’s spying on at least 35 world leaders. BTS producer Manuel Rapalo then speaks with Anthropologist and McGill University professor Dr. Gabriella Coleman about the hacker cult, the online collective Anonymous, and why internet activism might be the only way to protect civil liberties online. Abby then speaks to Jamila Aisha Brown, global strategist with HUE Global about the Guatemalan Constitutional Court’s ruling that could lead to amnesty for former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, who was jailed for 80 years on charges of genocide and war crimes in an unprecedented tribunal. BTS wraps up the show with a look at humanity’s dependence on technology, the toxic ideal of consumption equating to happiness, and highlighting the need to reflect on the dilemma of conscious simplicity.

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