Recent advances in technology have made it easier than ever for governments to keep a close eye on anyone and everyone. On Sunday we'll discuss the current surveillance environment in the US and implications for the future. Hope to see you there for a lively conversation.
In this article from WIRED Magazine, US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper discusses his time in intelligence and his frustrations with its political dimensions. We'll talk about the morality of spying, the role of oversight, and the issue of "transparency." We'll also touch on Edward Snowden's revelations and how we should treat those who leak classified information. Be sure to read the sidebar entitled "The Coming Threats."
This is a group for anyone interested in the written word as a jumping-off point for thoughtful discussion. The possibilities are endless - we're here to wander. And as you know, not all those who wander are lost! We may dissect a collection of humanist essays, ponder alternative models of societal structure inspired by sci-fi, reflect on history told through fiction, or enjoy satirical social commentary.
We might discuss big ideas, but this isn't a stuffy, elitist zone! We're here to engage and explore! Let's have fun while broadening our minds and wandering our world.