Teaching Edward Snowden

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As I write this, Edward Snowden—NSA secret leaker—is still very much in the news, though in a “Where in the world is Edward Snowden?” kind of way.  At the same time, the current issue of Time is devoted to “The Informers” and anti-government hacktivism. Peter Singer’s essay “Visible Man: Ethics in a World without Secrets” would be a great essay to be teaching right now.  Singer examines both the rising nature of a surveillance society, one in which notions of privacy are changing and one in which we actively participate that change by signing away our information en masse online, as well as “sousveillance,” a kind of surveillance from below in which citizens keep an eye on the government through sites like Wikileaks. For Singer, sousveillance keeps governments transparent.  It would be interesting to test his ideas against Snowden, particularly as his case develops.
About the Author
Barclay Barrios is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Programs at Florida Atlantic University, where he teaches freshman composition and graduate courses in composition methodology and theory, rhetorics of the world wide web, and composing digital identities. He was Director of Instructional Technology at Rutgers University and currently serves on the board of Pedagogy. Barrios is a frequent presenter at professional conferences, and the author of Emerging.