EFF Chairman Templeton: Expect More Repression of Rights in 2008 (via audio transcript)

February 26 2008 / by Alvis Brigis / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: The Web   Year: 2008   Rating: 20

Brad Templeton, Chairman of the Board for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), warns that more censorship and curtailing of our civil liberties looms on the immediate horizon. Judging by the bright company he keeps, including Google’s bright co-founders and other notorious West Coast futurists, this is a man and message worth listening to.

Templeton is a rare bird. He’s a realist, idealist, futurist and comedian all wrapped into one influential persona. Oddly enough, it makes total sense that this jolly man has been chosen as the chief steward of our cherished cyber-liberties. This unique balance of characteristics allows Templeton to grock big business and government motives, visualize the digital playing of tomorrow, go about his stressful job with a smile and, in the end, hold out hope for an ultimately humanizing web.

We were fortunate to catch up with Brad for an in-depth Audio Interview (read the full transcript here), in which he offered some choice predictions concerning the future of the internet and the near-term state of our digitocracy.

When asked to provide a specific forecast for the year 2008, Templeton expressed concern about the slippery slope of digital rights erosion:

Templeton (audio transcript): I’m generally an optimist in the long term, although I am actually a little bit afraid for the short term. I think we’re going to see, unfortunately, a bit more repression in 2008, we’re going to see more efforts to curtail rights, both because of the war on terror, and because of those forces that are pushing for more and more ability to do censorship.

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