Edward Snowden talking about New President Donald Trump (video)
"We are never further than a single election away from a change in government, from a change in policy, from a change in the way the powers that we have constructed into a system are used.
What we need to start thinking about now, is not how do we defend against the President D. Trump but how do we defend the rights of everyone, everywhere, without regard to jurisdictions, without regard to the borders.
We have this tremendous fabric of technology that we have enveloped the earth with, this internet that creates bonds of fraternity between people who don't even share the same language.
But this fabric of communications, that was intended to empower citizens, and individuals, and communities, and families is increasingly being used to disempower them. Internet service providers, phone companies, governments and other corporations are lifting up that fabric to look at the lives underneath, whether it is for the purpose of profit, whether it is for the purpose of power, or whether it is for, in some cases, legitimate purposes.
We have to think for ourselves: what if we start weaving this fabric in a slightly different way, what if we start changing that dynamic mechanism that we face in the status quo today? Which means that when you pick up your phone and you make a call to your mother, your sister, your husband, your wife, that call is transiting that global network electronically naked: anybody can look at it, anybody can listen to it, anybody can read it.
What if we change that, so that it's protected by default? Every communication, every transaction you engage with is protected and you don't have to take some activity, you don't have to teach a journalist how to use sophisticated encryption programmes...
If suddenly we could not just support the human rights of people everywhere, but we could enforce them. We could guarantee them through our technology. And I think this election reminds us that that capability is within our reach today, and we don't have just the right to try but the duty."
(at about 11:40)