Eben Moglen is Director, Software Freedom Law Center.
Moglen begins with the statement that the history of social life is the history of the technology of memory. More than that; the social order and control within society depends on the nature of the technology of memory.
A lightning tour through ten centuries of memory capture brings us to the technology of photography, which finally brought about the interpenetration of private and public memory, where items can be possessed or shared.
It seems that the primitive belief that taking a photograph can steal your soul may not be so fanciful: think surveillance and spying. Or identity theft, which is little more than the aggregation of a specific number of secrets or semi-secrets related to an individual. The technology that has followed photography means we are the first generation to really experience what the loss of privacy means.
Moglen then poses an important question; namely, what will be the most successful intelligence organizations of the 21st century? The answer is intriguing and forms the bulk of the second half of Moglen’s talk.